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What is Formaldehyde?

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Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is a chemical commonly used in the manufacture of building materials and numerous household products. At room temperature, formaldehyde vaporises into the air, potentially causing serious health problems. It is also a by-product of combustion processes. When you burn things like natural gas, wood, petrol, or tobacco, formaldehyde gas is released into the air. The most significant sources of formaldehyde in homes are: pressed wood products like particle board, plywood, and MDF (medium density fibreboard); foam insulation; carpets; drapery fabrics; resins; glues; cigarettes; and poorly-vented, fuel-burning appliances like gas stoves or kerosene heaters.

Health effects of formaldehyde are eye, nose and throat burning and irritation; nausea; skin rashes; and breathing difficulties in some people. High concentrations of formaldehyde can trigger asthma attacks. Formaldehyde is also considered a known human carcinogen (cancer-causing substance), and classified as a Hazardous Air Pollutant (HAP) by the EPA. The World Health Organisation specifies a limit for formaldehyde in air of 100 ug/m3, which is equivalent to 80 - parts-per-billion (ppb).

Since formaldehyde is present in so many building materials and household products, every home should be tested for the presence of this toxic chemical.

 

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The well-being of our employees, our customers, our communities, and our environment is at the heart of our business here at Prism Analytical Technologies (Home Air Check's Laboratory). Now, more than ever, we must come together as we adjust to the challenges resulting from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). We at Prism Analytical are committed to operating in a safe and responsible manner while maintaining the highest standards of quality in these troubled times.   

Prism Analytical continues to follow government guidelines regarding our operations, and we are closely monitoring the latest advice from the UK government and WHO. Because it has been mandated that all non-essential business activities be put on hold, we have decided to suspend all test kit shipments to customers until the current restrictions have been lifted. 

This is a constantly evolving situation and we will continue to closely monitor conditions and evaluate additional measures to support our customers, team members, and communities as needed. We will provide prompt updates regarding any adjustments to our procedures or operations.

We sincerely appreciate your patience during this time and are committed to maintaining transparent and open communication with you. Should you wish to proceed with placing an order, please know that the order will not ship until the current restrictions have been lifted by the UK government. Please do not hesitate to contact our staff in the meantime if you have any questions or concerns.

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