Formaldehyde Testing

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Formaldehyde is classified as a human carcinogen and is commonly used throughout the chemical industry. It is used as a preservative and embalming agent in medical laboratories; as a sterilizer; and as an adhesive in the production of plywood. It is also used in the production of resins and their use in foam insulations, and in the textile industry. In addition to its carcinogenic effects, exposure to high levels of formaldehyde can be fatal. Exposure to low levels can cause respiratory problems, eczema and sensitization over time.

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Air sampling of formaldehyde is accomplished using EPA Method TO-11A. It can be sampled using sorbent tubes or a diffusive sampler (passive badge sampler).

NEW: Health agencies advise caution to salon workers applying certain hair straightening products

Recent testing conducted independently by Health Canada and Oregon OSHA has prompted both agencies to advise salon workers and consumers to exercise caution when applying or using hair straightening products, due to potential exposure to formaldehyde.

On October 26, 2010, Health Canada issued a health advisory: "Health Canada is informing Canadians that Brazilian Blowout Solution manufactured by Brazilian Blowout of California has been confirmed to contain unacceptable levels of formaldehyde."

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Formaldehyde Testing in Soil and Water

ALS Environmental also analyzes soil and water samples for formaldehyde and acetaldehyde by dinitrophenyl hydrazine (DNPH) derivatization and HPLC analysis following EPA Method 8315.

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