Formaldehyde – Secret Killer in Daily Lives
Formaldehyde (Chemical formula: HCHO) is a common indoor gaseous carcinogen. It is a pungent-smelling colorless gas, which can dissolve in water, alcohol and ether.
The existence of formaldehyde, be the concentration low or high, can harm our body.
Long-term exposure to high concentrations of formaldehyde -> can cause cancer
The Negative Effects of Formaldehyde in
The Negative Effects of Formaldehyde in
Long-term exposure of formaldehyde in high concentration stimulates skin, throat, eyes, nasal cavity and pulmonary mucosa, leading to edema, inflammation and ulcer. This may lead to nasopharyngeal carcinoma and blood cancer without proper management. Infants and pregnant women are vulnerable to formaldehyde in high concentration. Termination of the growth of embryo, incomplete heart growth and deformity and miscarriage are the most serious cases.
Relevant Scientific Evidence
In 2011, National Toxicology Program in USA has listed formaldehyde as “human carcinogen”. The risks of suffering from cancers, ranging from leukemia to nasopharyngeal carcinoma, are proportional to the concentration and the time of exposure of formaldehyde.
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers formaldehyde a probable human carcinogen. International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) also classifies formaldehyde as a carcinogen.
Dr David Hui, Professor of Respiratory Medicine, mentioned that formaldehyde and volatile organic compound (VOC) stimulate respiratory tracts, leading to runny nose and watery eyes. Long exposure of formaldehyde without good ventilation increases the risks of having cancer.
China Environmental Protection Association claimed that 90% children who are suffering from blood cancer has something to do with formaldehyde because of previous house constructions.
香港：香港政府建議室內空氣中TVOC低於0.06mg / m3，在2003年政府公怖的室內空氣質素標準中，0.1mg / m3是良好的標準。
中國：中國政府在2003年3月1日開始實施推薦性標準《室內空氣質素標準》 GB / T18883-2002。其中規定，室內甲醛濃度要求≤0.1毫克（0.1mg / m3）。
芬蘭：在2001年，當地政府公佈的室內空氣質素標準。在0.05mg / m3（每立方米0.05毫克），這是良好的室內空氣質素。
Formaldehyde is All Around You!
Building Materials:As many as 3,000 different building materials emit formaldehyde. Related building materials mainly include paint, fiberboard, plywood, sound insulation board, Styrofoam and cloth products. Largely used materials like floor glue, plastic veneer, latex paint, adhesives contain formaldehyde.
Furniture:Furniture is generally made of different materials such as wood and artificial leather. In the process of production, these materials will be processed by chemicals containing formaldehyde, such as paint and protective paint, resulting in a certain concentration of formaldehyde in all kinds of furniture and the release of formaldehyde into the air during use.
Adhesive:Adhesives (commonly known as glue) produce formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is an important part of adhesives, so everything involving adhesives, including wood-based panels, coatings, carpets and furniture will contain formaldehyde. If a single item exceeds the standard will inevitably cause air quality substandard.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) Monitor
Volatile organic compounds (VOC) detection service helps you to ensure that your products, working and living environment meet international VOC standards for environmental protection and human health.
Volatile organic compounds monitor
Suitable for all kinds of construction sites, post-renovation home, shops, warehouses and other spaces. The detector can continuously measure toxic, harmful and organic gases in various environments. It is especially suitable for personal safety protection and on-site VOC detection.
Masterclean’s in-house inspection service makes household and office environments safer. We can carry out:
1）Detection of formaldehyde emission of home furniture and accessories
2）Detection of formaldehyde and total volatile organic compounds (TVOC) emissions from office furniture, electronic systems and the environment
3）Formulation of formaldehyde removal and other indoor thorough cleaning services according to the customer’s requirement