Minimising formaldehyde exposure through substitution of resins

Case study
Slovinsko
English
2018

Popis

In response to the official classification of formaldehyde as a category 1B carcinogen, a company in Slovenia that used the substance in manufacturing insulation products set out to assess the current situation and introduce preventive measures to improve workers’ safety and health. This good practice example details how the company, primarily by substituting resins with formaldehyde content low enough that they were not classified as carcinogenic, was able to significantly reduce exposure levels. The substitution had other good effects, resulting in a higher quality product and lower environmental impact.

Other data

Sector / Industry covered: 
Výroba chemických vláken
Provider: 
Ursa
Tasks covered: 
Applying Glues or Sealants
Hazard - physical state: 
Aerosols
Gases
Vapours
Hazard - health effects: 
Skin sensitisers
Carcinogens
Mutagens
Irritants
Exposure route: 
Dermal contact
Inhalation
Substance Description: 

Formaldehyde

CAS Number: 
50 -00- 0
EC number: 
200 -001- 8
Prevention measures: 
Level 1. Substitution
Purpose of the material: 
Other
Target group: 
Employers
Safety officers
Workers

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