Last Friday received an enquire from a client relating to Formaldehyde safety level in home, as their personal detection device detected readings of 0.36 which was deemed unsafe. I am not an expert and not aware what are the Australian Standards on this matter, therefore I done some research and below are my findings…
Visit linked website for more related information: https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/formaldehyde/home/index.html
Formaldehyde is a chemical used in some building materials and household products like flooring, furniture, and fabric. Coming into contact with (breathing in or touching) formaldehyde may affect your health. Protect your health by reducing the levels of formaldehyde in your home.
How can I know if my home has unhealthy formaldehyde levels?
There are small amounts of formaldehyde in nearly all homes.
Formaldehyde levels are higher in
- Homes with smokers. Tobacco smoke contains formaldehyde. If someone in your home smokes tobacco products, the smoke may be the greatest source of formaldehyde in your home.
- Homes with new products or new construction. Formaldehyde levels are higher in new manufactured wood products such as flooring and furniture. Formaldehyde can also be found in some fabrics.
New products that often contain high levels of formaldehyde include
- Some manufactured wood products such as cabinets, furniture, plywood, particleboard, and laminate flooring
- Permanent press fabrics (like those used for curtains and drapes or on furniture)
- Household products such as glues, paints, caulks, pesticides, cosmetics, and detergents.
See the Household Products Database for specific products containing formaldehyde