About this Chemical

  • Formaldehyde is a colourless, flammable gas with a pungent odour. It goes by a number of names including: formaldehyde solution, formaldehyde gas, formalin, formalith, formol, formic aldehyde, methaldehyde, methyl aldehyde, methylene oxide, morbicid, oxomethane, oxymethylene and paraform.
  • Formaldehyde is toxic by inhalation, by skin contact, and by swallowing.
  • Formaldehyde is used in:
    • 1. manufacturing many materials, such as plastics, foam insulation, fungicides, mirrors, insecticides, petroleum, resins and industrial chemicals
    • 2. building materials, such as sheet vinyl flooring, doors, decking
    • 3. timber materials, such as¬†MDF, plywood and laminated timber, wall lining and coverings such as wallpaper
    • 4. textiles and clothing, such as fabrics, blankets, and clothing finishes designed to gain permanent press and stain resistance
    • 5. cosmetics and personal care products, such as cleansers, fingernail varnishes and hardeners, shampoos and conditioners, toothpastes and hair straightening solutions
    • 6. household cleaning products, such as carpet and rug cleaners, disinfectants, dish washing liquids, and floor cleaner and polish.