formaldehyde (HCHO)

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Colorless, poisonous, highly water-soluble gas with an obnoxious odor. Used in the manufacture of disinfectants, preservatives, and hundreds of industrial and consumer products such as adhesives, carpeting, decorative paneling, foam insulation, drapery, fiber and particle boards, and permanent press fabrics. Formaldehyde is a prominent factor in sick-building syndrome (SBS) as its emissions (accelerated by heat and moisture) irritate eyes and mucous membranes in nose and throat, and cause headache and dizziness. Officially named as methanal (not to be confused with methanol), it is classified as a possible carcinogen by EPA.

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If your industrial complex is using formaldehyde you must make sure that all of your workers know how to handle it properly.
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Matt's job required that he take frequent breaks and wear protective equipment to avoid exposure to the fumes from the formaldehyde used in the super glue factory.
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After hearing about all the dangerous side effects of direct exposure to formaldehyde, James certainly had a lot to think about before accepting the job at the carpet factory.
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