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AFSCME Health & Safety Fact Sheet: Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde (FAH) is a colorless, flammable gas with a strong, pungent odor. It is widely used in hospitals, in disinfectants, in carpet and furniture glues, and in a large number of other products. FAH is used in liquid form as a water and methanol solution called Formalin, which has a clear to milky appearance, and in solid form as a white powder called Para-formaldehyde. Formaldehyde gas may be given off by either liquid Formalin or Paraformaldehyde powder.

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Date Of Record Release 2009-09-15 17:18:32
Description Formaldehyde (FAH) is a colorless, flammable gas with a strong, pungent odor. It is widely used in hospitals, in disinfectants, in carpet and furniture glues, and in a large number of other products. FAH is used in liquid form as a water and methanol solution called Formalin, which has a clear to milky appearance, and in solid form as a white powder called Para-formaldehyde. Formaldehyde gas may be given off by either liquid Formalin or Paraformaldehyde powder.
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Source AFSCME
Keyword Worker safety, Chemical, Formaldehyde
Selector Stith
Date Of Record Creation 2009-09-15 17:14:20
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Date Last Modified 2009-09-15 17:18:32
Language English
Date Record Checked: 2009-09-15 00:00:00 (W3C-DTF)

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