Formaldehyde has nowhere to hide with launch of new monitor from Enviro Technology
16 April 2012, News release from Enviro Technology Services Plc
With formaldehyde present in everything from paper, plywood, MDF, carpets, adhesives, cosmetics, personal care products, disinfectants and cigarette smoke, to name a few, it is impossible to completely eradicate exposure in everyday life.
But now, thanks to the launch of Enviro Technology's new ground-breaking Formaldehyde Monitor, businesses and industry can now accurately measure levels of this potentially lethal gas.
Formaldehyde can irritate eyes, mucous membranes and the upper respiratory system. Even in small amounts, it can cause serious health problems. Symptoms of low-level exposure include: sore throats, runny nose, headaches and nausea. More seriously, the problems associated with acute exposure include: abdominal pain, respiratory problems, pulmonary edema and it is reported to be potentially carcinogenic.
Widely used by industry to manufacture building materials, significant sources include pressed wood products (such as particle board, plywood panelling and medium density fibreboard used in furniture) made using adhesives that contain urea-formaldehyde (UF) resins.
There is no doubt that reducing levels of formaldehyde in the workplace and in new buildings can reduce risks to human health.
Air quality monitoring specialist, Enviro Technology, is now supplying the new GrayWolf Formaldehyde Monitor (FM-801) for the accurate measurement of formaldehyde levels in offices, buildings - including new builds, factories and industry plants.
The GrayWolf FM-801 is a portable, continuous measurement formaldehyde monitor which uses photoelectric photometry to read the absorbance change that formaldehyde induces in its sensor and then 're-zeroes' between readings to enable continuous monitoring. It is also suitable for quick 30 minute spot checks.
In a nutshell, the monitor provides a fast, simple and accurate measurement of absorption of formaldehyde to indicate levels of the pollutant in the air.
Duncan Carter, Enviro Technology's Internal Sales Engineer, said: "There is growing worldwide concern about the effects of formaldehyde on human health. In the UK, the current workplace exposure limit (WEL) for formaldehyde is two parts per million (2ppm) over an average of eight hours and the short-term limit (averaged over fifteen minutes) is 2ppm.
However, employers need to be aware that the WEL is currently under review and will be subject to possible change in the future.
"It is vital that workers' exposure to formaldehyde does not exceed the current WEL and every effort needs to be made by businesses and industry to reduce exposure as low as is reasonably practicable.
"The GrayWolf FM-801 portable formaldehyde monitor employs cutting-edge technology that is fully mobile, accessible, simple to use and can be readily uploaded to a PC or lap top. This has to be the way forward for businesses and industries seeking to meet legal limits for formaldehyde levels and improve their workers' health."
The GrayWolf FM-801's sensor cartridges are re-usable providing up to 1,000 tests per cartridge (at low formaldehyde levels) and the monitor is supplied with a mini tripod, 5 sensor cartridges, batteries, AC adapter, GrayWolf's PC data transfer software 'WolfSense' on CDROM or USB, a USB cable and a hard shell case.
Other technical facts about the monitor include:
•Base unit can be used as independent, simple data-logger with data downloaded to GrayWolf's WolfSense PC software
•The FM-801 can also be interfaced to a GrayWolf AdvancedSense meter, WolfPack monitor or WolfSense enabled WIN7 Tablet/Notebook
•FM-801 readings are simultaneous to readings from any other sensors connected to the notes to data files for efficient, reliable documentation of surveys
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Further details about the GrayWolf formaldehyde monitor (FM-801) and a full product information sheet are available online at www.et.co.uk
For further information please email Enviro Technology Services Plc