Formaldehyde From Pressed Wood Products
Formaldehyde, a pungent gas commonly used in the manufacturing of various products, including pressed wood items like particleboard and plywood. These products were widely fabricated in the 1970s. Manufacturers utilize formaldehyde in adhesives, coatings, and other materials, and it’s also present in household products such as cosmetics, cleaning agents, and fabric softeners. Exposure to formaldehyde can lead to health problems such as eye, nose, and throat irritation, headaches, and respiratory issues. Furthermore, formaldehyde is classified as a carcinogen, indicating it has the potential to cause cancer.
Though these products are affordable and strong, they can emit formaldehyde gas into the air. When they’re new or have just been installed, it causes indoor air pollution and health problems for those who breathe it in. To reduce exposure to formaldehyde from these products, it is essential to choose items that meet low-emitting standards. Ventilating the area where they are installed reduces the risk significantly. Limiting the use of formaldehyde-containing products, such as cosmetics and cleaning agents, can also decrease exposure to this chemical.