Formaldehyde Questions and Answers

QUESTION:  “What is Formaldehyde and where does it come from?

ANSWER:  Formaldehyde is a VOC (Volitle Organic Compound) and is present in many forms and from many sources.  Processes in the upper atmosphere contribute up to 90% of the total formaldehyde in the environment. Formaldehyde is an intermediate in the oxidation (or combustion) of methane as well as of other carbon compounds, e.g. in forest fires, automobile exhaust, and tobacco smoke. When produced in the atmosphere by the action of sunlight and oxygen on atmospheric methane and other hydrocarbons, it becomes part of smog. Formaldehyde has even been detected in outer space.

QUESTION:  “I saw the 60-Minutes special on Formaldehyde.  Can you provide Testing?”

ANSWER:  Formaldehyde testing is available.  Multiple test options exist and the specifics of your concern or situation will best determine the type of testing required.  It is important to remember that several every day products contain Formaldehyde and the presence of Formaldehyde alone will not provide clear assessment of concerns.

Rates vary depending on the type of testing required.  Please contact our office for more details.

QUESTION:  “The media around Formaldehyde is very alarming.  With formaldehyde in so many products, what can I do to avoid exposure?”

ANSWER:  While formaldehyde is worrisome it is also inescapable.  Here are 7 things you can do today!