In residential or office environments, high concentrations of formaldehyde gas can have adverse effects on health. Some individuals may experience symptoms such as throat irritation, eye and skin inflammation, and formaldehyde is also considered a carcinogenic gas. Addressing the concerns of our valued clients, at House Inspections also provides formaldehyde concentration testing services to ensure that the air quality in your living or working environment meets safety standards.
What is Formaldehyde?
- Formaldehyde is a colorless chemical substance with a strong smelllike ammonia. It belongs to a group of larger chemicals known as VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). It is commonly found in:
- Building materials, including plywood and particleboard
- Paints and varnishes
- Insulation materials
- Adhesives and glues
- Cleaning products and disinfectants
- Printers and computers, as well as other electronic devices
- Additionally, formaldehyde is a by-product of activities such as cigarette smoking, fireplace usage, and the combustion of vehicles.
The safe levels of formaldehyde concentration in Australia for both residential and occupational environments are regulated by The National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS). The exposure limits set by NICNAS are as follows:
- Long-Term Exposure Limit: An average value of 1 part per million over an 8-hour period.
- Short-Term Exposure Limit: A value of 2 part per million over a short-term period.
Through formaldehyde concentration testing, you can assess the levels of formaldehyde present in your surroundings and take appropriate measures to safeguard your health and the health of others. At House Inspections, we provide this service to ensure that the air quality in your residential or workspace meets safety standards.