WHAT IS IT?
Formaldehyde is a volatile chemical widely used in the textile and leather industries as preservative for vegetable and animal raw materials, anti-wrinkling and anti-shrinking agent for cotton products, dyeing and printing fixative and leather tanning agent.
This substance is strongly allergenic through contact (skin, eyes), inhalation and digestion. Furthermore, it is potentially a human carcinogenic agent and is also associated with allergic asthma.
This chemical substance can be found in leather goods and textiles acting as:
• Biocide for the preservation of textile materials.
• Colour fixer and printer.
• Component in urea, melamine and phenolic resins (anti-crease and anti-shrinkage).
• Cross-linking agent in printing pastes for the fixing of certain dyes.
Presence in textile products (including printings and plastisol) and leather over the
16 ppm for babies
75 ppm in direct skin contact
300 ppm with no direct skin contact
[Intended limit: 5 ppm]
– EN ISO 14184-1:2011- Textile
– EN ISO 17226-1/2:2008 – Leather
– Japan Law 112(JIS 1041:2011) – Textile
– Chinese GB/T 2912 – Textile
FORMALDEHYDE CAS NO-50-00-00