Formaldehyde in Home: Residential Formaldehyde Testing
Our formaldehyde-testing laboratory has been providing analytical services for over 25 years. We have recently expanded into the residential (non-industrial) market by providing sampling media to individuals interested in formaldehyde testing, perchloroethylene, and other organic compounds in ambient air. The monitors are easy-to-use and have an excellent reputation in the occupational health monitoring field. Since they test the air you breathe (which can be more revealing than a spot test of wood or other materials) they can be used by individuals who suspect sensitivity but cannot confirm exposure due to a specific substance. If you think our formaldehyde testing would be of interest to you or your group, please contact us at 888-432-5227.
Why Formaldehyde? Formaldehyde is a colorless gas. It is frequently used as an aqueous solution (formalin) and has been detected in coal and wood smoke, pressed-wood products such as particle and fiberboard, urea-formaldehyde foam insulation, embalming fluid and certain adhesives. Formaldehyde can be due to certain consumer products and may cause adverse health reactions in sensitized individuals. Some symptoms of formaldehyde overexposure, according to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards published by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and respiratory system, tearing of the eyes, and bronchial spasms. Other symptoms of exposure to formaldehyde in air are headaches, shortness of breath, dizziness, fatigue, rashes, asthma attacks, and dermatitis. NIOSH recommends formaldehyde be treated as a potentially carcinogenic compound.
How to Use the Personal Sampler for Formaldehyde Testing
The sampler is lightweight and very easy-to-use. It is produced by Assay.
Just follow these steps:
1. Remove sampling bag from pouch.
2. Insert provided clip into the designated slot on the sampling badge.
3. Connect badge to an object allowing for air flow on both sides of the badge. Place approximately 3 feet off the ground in the center of the room and record the start time on the chain of custody.
4. After 24 hours close the cap on the sampled badge(s) and record stop time on chain of custody. Place the badge(s) in the provided foil pouch and seal the pouch.
5. Write the sample location on the foil pouch label.
6. Place foil pouches and chain of custody in the pre-paid shipping labeled envelope and tender it to the carrier.
If you are concerned about the level of formaldehyde reported as present in your home, you may wish to contact an indoor air quality specialist or your personal physician.