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Formaldehyde: evidence of carcinogenicity.
Blackwell-M; Kang-H; Thomas-A; Infante-P
Am Ind Hyg Assoc J 1981 Jul; 42(7):A34-A46
Evidence for the carcinogenicity of formaldehyde (50000) is reviewed. The production and uses of formaldehyde are described along with exposure standards recommended by OSHA and NIOSH. The carcinogenicity and mutagenicity of formaldehyde are discussed, with emphasis on experiments in rats. Other health effects, such as eye burning and tearing, coughing, and heart palpitations are briefly considered. The authors conclude that formaldehyde should be handled in the workplace as a potential carcinogen.
NIOSH-Author; Aldehydes; Regulations; Carcinogens; Carcinogenesis; Mutagenesis; Animal-studies; Medical-research
Issue of Publication
American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal
Page last reviewed: April 12, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division