Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | May 20, 2009

Kentucky environmental attorney Sanders says formaldehyde is a chemical of concern for many workers around the world.

There is a lot of discussion lately on formaldehyde and whether it is a carcinogen.  Thus, we thought it might be helpful to provide our readers with some background information.  Formaldehyde is a colorless, flammable, strong-smelling chemical that is used to manufacture building materials and to produce many household products.

Formaldehyde is used in pressed-wood products, such as particleboard, plywood, and fiberboard; glues and adhesives; permanent-press fabrics; paper product coatings; and certain insulation materials.

In addition, formaldehyde is commonly used as an industrial fungicide, germicide, and disinfectant, and as a preservative in mortuaries and medical laboratories.

 The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies this chemical as a human carcinogen, based primarily on its association with nasopharyngeal cancer. In 1995, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration estimated that approximately 2.1 million workers in the United States were exposed to formaldehyde.

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