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Current intelligence bulletin 34 - formaldehyde: evidence of carcinogenicity (with reference package).

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1981 Apr; :1-15
NIOSHTIC No.
00113740
Abstract
Information on the carcinogenicity of formaldehyde (50000) is reviewed. The physical characteristics, and the methods of production and uses of formaldehyde are discussed together with estimates of the extent of industrial exposure. OSHA standards for occupational exposure, which mandate 0n 8-hour time weighted average of 3 parts per million (ppm) and a 5ppm ceiling, are summarized. Evidence for formaldehyde's toxicity, mutagenicity, and other health effects in humans and laboratory animals is evaluated. Occupations involving formaldehyde exposure, ranges of occupational exposure by industry, major formaldehyde manufacturers, and guidelines for reducing employee exposure, are listed. The author concludes that formaldehyde should be treated as a potential human carcinogen, and recommends that control measures to reduce employee exposures be instituted.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Current-Intelligence-Bulletin-No-34; Aldehydes; Physical-properties; Chemical-properties; Industrial-processes; Carcinogenesis; Carcinogens
CAS No.
50-00-0
Publication Date
19810415
Document Type
Numbered Publication; Current Intelligence Bulletin
Fiscal Year
1981
NTIS Accession No.
PB83-101766
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
(NIOSH) 81-111; CIB 34
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH
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