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NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2005-149
Exposure limits, Respirator Recommendations, First Aid, more...
The Pocket Guide is a source of general industrial hygiene information on several hundred chemicals/classes found in the work environment. Key data provided for each chemical/substance includes name (including synonyms/trade names), structure/formula, CAS/RTECS Numbers, DOT ID, conversion factors, exposure limits, IDLH, chemical and physical properties, measurement methods, personal protection, respirator recommendations, symptoms, and first aid.

International Chemical Safety Cards
An ICSC summarizes essential health and safety information on chemicals for their use at the "shop floor" level by workers and employers in factories, agriculture, construction and other work places.

Documentation for Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health Concentrations (IDLH)
The IDLH documents the criteria and information sources that have been used by NIOSH to determine immediately dangerous to life or health concentrations.

NIOSH Manual of Analytical Methods (NMAM)
NMAM is a collection of methods for sampling and analysis of contaminants in workplace air, and in the blood and urine of workers who are occupationally exposed.

  • Formaldehyde (No. 2016)PDF Icon PDF only 176 KB (7 pages)
  • Formaldehyde (No. 2541) PDF Icon PDF only 30 KB (5 pages)
  • Formaldehyde (No. 3500) PDF Icon PDF only 31 KB (5 pages)
  • Aldehydes, screening (No. 2539) PDF Icon PDF only 255 KB (10 pages)
  • Formaldehyde on dust (No. 5700) PDF Icon PDF only 31 KB (5 pages)

NIOSH Worker Notification Program

NIOSH conducts research to prevent illnesses and injuries in the workplace. The NIOSH Worker Notification Program notifies workers and other stakeholders about the findings of these research studies.

NIOSH Hazard Control No.26: Controlling Formaldehyde Exposures During Embalming
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 98-149 (1998)
NIOSH engineers designed and evaluated a local exhaust ventilation [LEV] system that effectively reduces embalmer's exposure to formaldehyde below the OSHA permissible limit of 0.75 ppm.

Current Intelligence Bulletin 34: Formaldehyde: Evidence of Carcinogenicity
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 81-111 (1981, updated 1997)
Presents information about formaldehyde as well as recommendation to treat formaldehyde as a carcinogen.

NIOSH Criteria Documents: Criteria for a Recommended Standard: Occupational Exposure to Formaldehyde
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 77-126 (1976)
Contains a standard for mitigation of exposure to formaldehyde to prevent adverse effects over a working lifetime.

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ATSDR's Medical Management Guidelines (MMGs): Formaldehyde
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Agency for Toxic Substances Disease Registry - ToxFAQs: Formaldehyde
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Toxicological Profile for Fomaldehyde (ATSDR)
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OSHA Safety and Health Topics: Formaldehyde
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OSHA Hazard Recognition: Formaldehyde
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OSHA Fact Sheet: Formaldehyde
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OSHA Formaldehyde: 1910.1048
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New Jersey Hazardous Substance Fact Sheets: Formaldehyde
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Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety: Formaldehyde
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EPA (Air Toxics): Formaldehyde
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Sources of Indoor Air Pollution - Formaldehyde (EPA)
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National Toxicology Program (Substance Profiles): Formaldehyde
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IARC Monograph Summary: Formaldehyde
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FEMA Trailer Study (CDC): Formaldehyde
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National Safety Council Fact Sheet: Formaldehyde
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A search engine accessing several databases provided by the National Library of Medicine.
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Page last updated: November 13, 2008
Page last reviewed: July 14, 2008
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Education and Information Division


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