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OSHA Formaldehyde Standard

Formaldehyde is used in many laboratory operations. Though it is fairly widespread, it can still be a significant health hazard. The results of mishandling formaldehyde can be very serious. They can range from the short-term discomfort associated with minor burns or skin irritation to chronic effects from a lifetime of overexposure. Our training products on The OSHA Formaldehyde Standard provide training that is required by this standard, focusing on the rules and procedures that the standard establishes for working with this potentially dangerous chemical. The topics that are covered within this material are potential health hazards, the testing for permissible exposure limits, hoods and other ventilation systems, personal protective equipment the Medical Surveillance Plan and more!

WHAT IS FORMALDEHYDE AND WHAT IS IT USED FOR? Formaldehyde is one of the most common chemicals in use today. As a chemical building block, its use can be traced to consumer goods through a wide spectrum of manufacturing processes. The use of formaldehyde as a preservative in medical laboratories and as an embalming agent in mortuaries is generally known. Formaldehyde is primarily used in the manufacture of urea, phenol, and melamine resins and for a variety of special industrial chemicals. The CFR code for the OSHA Formaldehyde Standard is 29 CFR 1910.1048

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