Formaldehyde is common to the chemical industry. It is well known as a preservative in medical laboratories, as an embalming fluid, and as a sterilizer. Its primary use is in the production of resins and as a chemical intermediate. Urea-formaldehyde (UF) and phenol formaldehyde (PF) resins are used in foam insulations, as adhesives in the production of particle board and plywood, and in the treating of textiles.


Exposures to formaldehyde are addressed in specific OSHA standards for general industry, maritime, and construction.

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Hazard Recognition

Provides references that may aid in recognizing formaldehyde hazards in the workplace.

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Evaluating Exposure

Provides information about the management of occupational exposures to formaldehyde.

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Possible Solutions

Provides references provide possible solutions for formaldehyde hazards in the workplace.

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Additional Resources

Provides links and references to additional resources related to formaldehyde.

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