EN ISO 12460-3, commonly known as "Gas analysis," is one of the fastest test methods
by which wood-based materials (e.g., plywood, particleboard, fiberboard, etc.) can be analyzed for formaldehyde emission.
Formaldehyde is a carcinogenic substance contained in the adhesives with which these panels are produced; these glues are predominantly urea resins.
For reasons related to the chemical instability of these resins, formaldehyde is released continuously into the environment as a result of a chemical phenomenon called hydrolysis. It goes without saying, therefore, that it has become very important to be able to measure the emission of formaldehyde because national laws, and not only, have set limits of exposure even for living environments.
The first country in which the problem of formaldehyde was studied in depth was Germany... (read more...
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