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Formaldehyde – The Killer in the Cubicle

Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is now a Class 2 carcinogen according to Safe Work Australia.

Formaldehyde is one of many Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and is used in the manufacture of many household items and the by-product of many combustion processes.

A gas at room temperature, colourless with a pungent irritating odour this chemical is a known carcinogen and is associated with nasal sinus cancer, nasopharyngeal cancer, and leukaemia.

In the workplace formaldehyde has long been associated with Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) and is emitted from new furnishings including carpets, office furniture, and fittings. SBS is commonly associated with eye and throat irritation, headaches and poor work performance.

Exposure can be reduced through use of low VOCs emitting furnishings and the incorporation of effective increased ventilation. Environmental Site Services‘s occupational hygienist can measure the levels of formaldehyde in your office and make recommendations on exposure reduction.