The Formaldehyde Test Kit is a helpful do-it-yourself kit that detects the presence and concentration of formaldehyde in your indoor environment. This kit uses a device called a Bio-Badge to retrieve an air sample from an indoor area of up to 2,800 square feet over a 24 to 48 hour testing period. Once the sample is retrieved, you will mail your sample to an accredited laboratory for analysis of its contents. You'll then receive detailed results on the formaldehyde concentration levels found in your sample so you can take action to restore the health of your indoor space.
Why Test for Formaldehyde?
Formaldehyde is a toxic colorless gas with a strong odor. Resins containing formaldehyde are commonly used to manufacture building materials and other common household products such as plywood, fabrics, smooth flooring, and carpeting. Health effects due to the exposure to formaldehyde include:
- Watery eyes
- Burning of the eyes, nose and throat
- Skin rashes
- Aggravated asthma symptoms
These effects can result from both a high level of formaldehyde in the air or sensitivity to low levels of formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is listed as a probable human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Formaldehyde Test Kit is an economical way to screen your home or workplace for exposure to this toxic pollutant. This kit is also ideal for evaluating formaldehyde levels in commercial establishments like hospitals, schools, hotels, airports, and more.
The Testing Procedure
The Formaldehyde Test Kit includes everything you need to complete the test. The kit uses a patented Bio-Badge sampling device to collect your sample. Step-by-step instructions included in the kit contain a detailed explanation of how to use the badge and retrieve the sample. Once testing begins, the badge should collect sample data for 24 to 48 hours (24 hours is preferable). You may either wear the Bio-Badge to test personal exposure, or you may place the badge in one location to measure room exposure.
Once sampling is complete, you'll mail your sample to Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory (EDL). A pre-addressed envelope is included in the kit. EDL scientists will then analyze your sample and compile a results report detailing the formaldehyde concentration levels found. You can expect to receive your results report within 7 to 10 business days after your sample device is received by EDL.
NOTE: Once the test kit has been opened and seal has been broken, kit cannot be returned.
Expert Results, Actionable Information
Your EDL analysis report will identify the concentration level of formaldehyde detected in the testing location. It will also include a summary of recommended actions based on your findings. If you have additional questions about your results, you can contact EDL and discuss your results with an lab professional using the toll-free number provided.
Personal or Room Exposure - Kit can be used to measure personal formaldehyde exposure or room exposure
Meets OSHA Standards - Kit meets OSHA accuracy requirements
Detects in Parts Per Million - Formaldehyde concentration is detected in parts per million (ppm) and can be detected at levels as low as 0.002 ppm for a 24-hour reading.
About Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory (EDL)
Established in 1992, Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory (EDL) is a comprehensive indoor environmental laboratory. The lab has analyzed over 100,000 air quality samples for a wide range of clients. They are accredited by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Environmental Microbiology Laboratory Accreditation Program (EMLAP # 102795) for bacteriology, mycology and microscopy.