Exposure to formaldehyde and its potential human health Hazards

Ki Hyun Kim, Shamin Ara Jahan, Jong Tae Lee

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A widely used chemical, formaldehyde is normally present in both indoor and outdoor air. The rapid growth of formaldehyde-related industries in the past two decades reflects the result of its increased use in building materials and other commercial sectors. Consequently, formaldehyde is encountered almost every day from large segments of society due to its various sources. Many governments and agencies around the world have thus issued a series of standards to regulate its exposure in homes, office buildings, workshops, public places, and food. In light of the deleterious properties of formaldehyde, this article provides an overview of its market, regulation standards, and human health effects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-299
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Environmental Science and Health - Part C Environmental Carcinogenesis and Ecotoxicology Reviews
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Oct 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was supported by a National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) (No. 2009-0093848).


  • exposure levels
  • formaldehyde
  • health effects
  • regulatory guideline

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • Cancer Research


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