- Identifies Formaldehyde vapor in parts per million (ppm).
- Used to sample indoor air concentrations of Formaldehyde at a selected test site.
- Do-It-Yourself Quick and Easy testing - no special training required.
- Includes the Bio-Badge Sample Collection Device.
- Complete Step-by-Step Instructions with Chain of Custody form.
- Lab analysis of the sample performed
- Lab report includes:
- Toll Free number to call with any questions on your results.
- Results provide level of Formaldehyde from sample device reported in parts per million (ppm).
- Healthy Home / Building Considerations sheet with recommendations for actions you can take that may help improve your indoor environment.
- Postage prepaid envelope for mailing your sample to the lab.
- No additional fees - all sampling, analysis and reporting costs included.
- Results in 7-10 days via email or mail after lab receives your sample.
Formaldehyde - a colorless water soluble gas that is one of the large family of chemical compounds called Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOC's). A VOC is a compound that becomes a gas at normal room temperatures. Due to it's wide use it is often considered separately from other VOC's. It has a pungent odor and is detected by many individuals at 0.2 parts per million (ppm).
Sources - pressed wood products (plywood, wall paneling, particleboard, fiberboard, underlayment), especially those containing urea-formaldehyde glues and furniture made with these pressed wood products. Urea-formaldehyde foam insulation (UFFI). Combustion sources from burning wood, kerosene and natural gas and environmental tobacco smoke. Durable press drapes, other textiles such as chemically treated carpeting, and glues. Products such as carpets or gypsum board may not contain significant amounts of formaldehyde when new. They may trap formaldehyde emitted from other sources and later release the formaldehyde into the indoor air when the temperature and humidity change. Formaldehyde levels in the indoor air depend mainly on what is releasing the formaldehyde (the source), the temperature, the humidity, and the air exchange rate (the amount of outdoor air entering or leaving the indoor area). Increasing the flow of outdoor air to the inside decreases the formaldehyde levels. Decreasing this flow of outdoor air by sealing the residence or office increases the formaldehyde level in the indoor air. As the temperature and humidity rises, more formaldehyde is emitted from the product. Generally, as products containing Formaldehyde age, the Formaldehyde release decreases.
Health Effects - Formaldehyde is normally present at low levels, usually less than 0.03 ppm, in both outdoor and indoor air. In homes with significant amounts of new pressed wood products, levels can be greater than 0.3 ppm (parts in a million parts of air). When present in the air at levels above 0.1 ppm, it can cause watery eyes, burning sensations in the eyes, nose and throat, nausea, coughing, fatigue, chest tightness, wheezing, skin rashes, and allergic reactions. High concentrations may trigger attacks in people with asthma. There is evidence that some people can develop a sensitivity to formaldehyde. It has also been shown to cause cancer in animals and may cause cancer in humans. Typical exposures to humans are much lower, thus any risk of causing cancer is believed to be small at the level at which humans are exposed.
How It Works
The Building Health Check Formaldehyde Screen Test Kit is designed to determine the level of Formaldehyde in the air at a specific location. This is a Do-It-Yourself test kit that requires no special training. The user performs the test and sends the test sample in a postage prepaid envelope to an accredited Laboratory for analysis. A full scan of the Formaldehyde Screen Test Kit provides valuable quantitative information on the collected sampling device. Once the analysis is complete, a test report is sent to the customer in 7-10 days. A Healthy Home / Building Considerations sheet is included with recommendations on actions you can take that may help improve your indoor environment if elevated levels of pollutants are found. The Formaldehyde Screen Test Kit is ideal for indoor environmental investigation and those individuals that have concerns about Formaldehyde levels and health risks.
Test Sampling Procedure
Step One:Remove Bio-Badge from the silver protective zip-top bag and then from the secondary zip-top bag. Save both bags.
Step Two: For personal exposure monitoring, clip the badge near the breathing zone. Record the Start Time on the Chain of Custody form. Leave Bio-Badge exposed for a period of 24 hours.
Step Three: For room monitoring, place approximately 4 feet above the ground by taping to a wall or placing on a shelf or tabletop. Record the Start Time on the Chain of Custody form. Leave Bio-Badge exposed for a period of 24 hours.
Important: Do not obstruct the white membrane of the sample device. Keep away from unnatural air flow such as a ceiling fan, in front of supply air vent, open window, etc.
Step Four: Record the Stop Time on the Chain of Custody form. Place the exposed Bio-Badge back into the clear secondary zip-top bag and seal, then place into the protective silver zip-top bag. Seal the bag completely.
Step Five: Place sample and Chain of Custody Form in supplied envelope and mail to the laboratory for analysis.
Chain of Custody Form
An easy to understand lab report is provided that indicates the amount Formaldehyde present in the air during the sampling period. A Healthy Home / Building Considerations sheet is included with suggestions for actions you can take that may help improve your indoor environment.