- Formaldehyde vapor irritates the respiratory
tract and eyes; the solution also irritates skin. Report any symptoms
- Use formaldehyde in a chemical hood or
well-ventilated room vented to the outdoors. If you can smell
formaldehyde, ventilation is inadequate. The need for initial and
subsequent ongoing exposure monitoring should be determined and
scheduled as per OSHA 29 C.F.R. § 1910.1048.
- Use closed dispensing systems to reduce airborne
concentrations and prevent contact with the liquid. Cap even empty
- If contact with solution is likely, wear butyl
rubber or nitrile gloves, aprons, and nonvented chemical splash goggles.
(Wear a face guard when dispensing large amounts.) Wear a personal
respirator with NIOSH-approved cartridges if engineering and/or
administrative controls fail to maintain an airborne concentration of
<0.75 ppm, and be sure a proper OSHA respiratory protection program
(29 C.F.R. § 1910.134) and medical screening and training of
workers has been implemented.
- Formaldehyde is combustible and toxic; know
storage, labeling, and first aid procedures.
- In the event of a small spill (<1 gallon),
contain liquid and absorb using proper chemical absorbent.
- In the event of a large spill (>1 gallon),
remove all sources of ignition, leave the area, and close the doors.
Call for properly equipped cleanup personnel.
- Dispose of formaldehyde-contaminated wastes as per state and local