Formaldehyde is a flammable, colorless gas with a very pungent odor. It has many other names, such as; methanol, methyl aldehyde, methylene oxide, formalin, and formol.

It is widely produced around the world as a preservative and a disinfectant. Used in textile finishing and
production of resins which acts as adhesives and binders for wood products, pulp, paper, glass wool, and
rock wool as well as some plastics, coatings, paints, varnishes, and industrial chemicals.

Exposure to formaldehyde which is a known carcinogen; can cause asthma, allergies, lung and liver
problems, damage to your immune system and chronic poisoning in severe cases. It also causes cancer
of the nasal cavity due to long term exposure to high levels of formaldehyde.

Formaldehyde is also commonly used in hospitals; in water based solutions called formalin or in a
powder form know as paraformaldehyde. It’s used in these areas histopathology and anatomical
pathology labs or in forensic mortuaries. These solutions are used for fixing human organs and tissues
after autopsy or biopsy or for a preservative and disinfectant in embalming fluids, gels and surface

Health Canada and the Canadian Government (as well as other countries) have been taking steps and
implementing new protocols for people who work or are exposed to and those who use Formaldehyde
(any form). Changes have been made to guidelines to ensure exposure levels are low and to make sure
all safety equipment is available and proper safety training is conducted. Health Canada has also made
changes to the guidelines and controls for labeling requirements.

Formaldehyde is also found in homes and workplaces. Many household items produce formaldehyde;
therefore, suggestions for how to reduce the levels are indicated in the chart below:

If any of these sources exist in your home or workplace, it is always a good idea to have a Formaldehyde
gas monitor installed for your health and safety. Critical Environment Technologies Canada Inc. (CETCI)’s
LPT-A-CH2O Gas Detector/Transmitter for fixed installation or the YES-AIR-D Portable IAQ Monitor with
Formaldehyde sensors installed is highly recommended for this application.

The LPT-A-CH2O is provided with an internal audible alarm and one dry relay contact output designed to
activate external circuits such as ventilation fan, remote strobe light/horn combo or remote audible
alarm. The YES-AIR-D is provided with integrally mounted temperature and RH sensors and an internal
audible alarm at 80 dB at 1.2 metres.

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