Fact sheets

NICNAS assesses the risks of industrial chemicals to human health and the environment, and makes recommendations to other government agencies that regulate the use and disposal of chemicals.

These fact sheets are for a general audience and contain information about the risks of certain chemicals for industrial use in Australia, including recommendations for safe use.

Please note, our recommendations are not always implemented by chemical regulators. For the most up-to-date information about how a particular chemical is regulated in your State or Territory you will need to contact other government agencies. Read What we do for details about our regulatory partners.

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Formaldehyde

CAS number(s): 50-00-0, PEC/28, PEC28

Formaldehyde is a colourless, flammable gas with a pungent odour. It goes by a number of names including: formaldehyde solution, formaldehyde gas, formalin, formalith, formol, formic aldehyde, methaldehyde, methyl aldehyde, methylene oxide, morbicid, oxomethane, oxymethylene and paraform.


Formaldehyde in clothing and textiles

CAS number(s): 50-00-0

A NICNAS assessment found that the most likely health effects arising from release of formaldehyde from domestic products such as blankets and clothing textiles are irritation of the eyes and nose, and allergic reactions on skin in contact with the clothes.


Formaldehyde in embalming

CAS number(s): 50-00-0

A NICNAS report on formaldehyde published in 2006 identified embalmers as workers at risk of experiencing health effects from the chemical.


Formaldehyde in indoor environments

CAS number(s): 50-00-0

A NICNAS report on formaldehyde published in 2006 concluded that occupants of caravans, mobile homes, and demountable buildings may experience health effects from exposure to the chemical.


Formaldehyde in laboratories

CAS number(s): 50-00-0

A NICNAS report on formaldehyde published in 2006 identified workers in medicine-related laboratories as being at risk of experiencing health effects from the chemical.


Formaldehyde in pressed wood products

CAS number(s): 50-00-0

A NICNAS report on formaldehyde published in 2006 found that occupational exposures to the chemical from high formaldehyde-emitting pressed wood products can cause health concerns.


Formaldehyde safety for workers

CAS number(s): 50-00-0

A NICNAS report found that workers in some industries were at risk of experiencing health effects from formaldehyde.

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Last update 29 July 2018