Feb 19, 2016

    Formaldehyde is a naturally-occurring organic compound with the formula CH2O. It is the simplest aldehyde and is also known by its systematic name methanal. The common name of this substance comes from its similarity and relation to formic acid.

    Formaldehyde is an important precursor to many other materials and chemical compounds. In 1996, the installed capacity for the production of formaldehyde was estimated to be 8.7 million tons per year. It is mainly used in the production of industrial resins, e.g., for particle board and coatings.

    In view of its widespread use, toxicity, and volatility, formaldehyde is a significant consideration for human health In 2011, the US National Toxicology Program described formaldehyde as "known to be a human carcinogen".