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Formaldehyde

Gas Name: 
Formaldehyde
Chemical Formula: 

CH2O

Synonyms: 
Formalin, Methanal, Paraformaldehyde, Formol

Product Uses, Sources & Applications

Formaldehyde is commonly used in its liquid form as an antiseptic and general-purpose chemical reagent, and may be found in automobile exhaust and smoke from fires. It is seen in applications such as:

  • Laboratories
  • Fertilizer production
  • Pulp and paper production
  • House-hold antiseptics and cosmetics
  • Food preservation

Hazards

Toxicity
Short Term (15-minute STEL*):
0.75
 ppm
Long-term (8-hr TWA*):
2
 ppm
*Based on OSHA regulation. Always consult local regulations directly.
Flammability
Lower Explosive Limit (LEL):
7% by volume
NIOSH Pocket Guide:
View pocket guide

Physical Properties

Appearance and Odor:
Colorless gas with a distinct, pungent smell
Relative Density (air = 1.0):
1.07

Recommendations

Sensor Type:
Electrochemical
Standard Range:
0-1 ppm
Standard Trip Points:
0.5 ppm, 1 ppm
Recommended Sensor Mounting Height:
Breathing height

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