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Document ID (ISN)106317
CIS number 07-383
ISSN - Serial title 0007-9952 - Cahiers de notes documentaires - Hygiène et sécurité du travail
Year 2006
Convention or series no. INRS ND 2247-203-06
Author(s) Vincent R., Jeandel B.
Title Occupational exposure to formaldehyde in France: Information provided by the COLCHIC database
Original title Exposition professionnelle au formaldéhyde en France: informations fournies par la base de données COLCHIC [in French]
Bibliographic information June 2006, No.203, p.19-33. Illus. 30 ref.
Internet access$File/nd2247.pdf [in French]
Abstract Formaldehyde is a chemical that is widely used as a disinfectant and as a synthesis intermediate in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. It also enters into the composition of melamine and phenolic resins, glues and varnishes. This widespread use of formaldehyde in many industrial sectors is confirmed by analysis of formaldehyde exposure measurements in the French database of occupational exposure to chemicals (COLCHIC). Exposures exceeding recommended occupational exposure limits for this chemical agent are frequently encountered in hospitals, wood panel production facilities and foundries. Combustion and thermal degradation of certain materials also represent a significant cause of formaldehyde exposure.
Descriptors (primary) formaldehyde; job-exposure relation; exposure evaluation; France
Descriptors (secondary) threshold limit values; urea-formaldehyde resins; aniline-formaldehyde resins; melamine resins; phenol-formaldehyde polymers; computerized data bases; varnishes; adhesives; hospitals; health care personnel; wood and wood products
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Aldehydes
Exposure evaluation