EESA10H3 Study Guide - Formaldehyde

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From drinking water (natural or asbestos containing cement pipes) Affect the lungs and the membrane that surrounds the lungs. Difficulty breathing, often cough, heart enlargement, lead to disability and death. Increase risk of getting cancer (lung, stomach, esophagus, pancreas, kidney) Low levels can be measured in urine, faces, mucus. Volatile organic compound (voc), naturally occurring gas, colourless, strong smell. Also released by burning wood and natural gas, by automobile and by cigarettes. Glue or adhesives in press wood products (particleboards, mdf, plywood) Coatings that provide permanent press quality to fabrics and draperies. Watery eyes, burning sensation in the eyes, nose and throat. Need moisture, do not need standing water, high relative air humidity. On or within wood, paper, carpet and foods. The way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture (maintaining the relative humidity between 30-60%) Each year 3 000 lung cancer deaths in nonsmoking adults in usa. Higher risk of asthma, pneumonia, ear infection, bronchitis in children.

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