Molecule, the simplest of aldehydes. Formaldehyde is a molecule that also has two insidious characteristics: high diffusion in the air and high toxicity. In certain concentrations, it may cause irritation to the respiratory tract and to the eyesight, especially to those suffering from allergies and asthma. If ingested or inhaled in large quantities, formaldehyde is lethal. Formaldehyde is used in the composition of resins widely used in the production of manufactured articles, coatings, glues, insulating foams. In coatings, formaldehyde is appreciated for its triple function:
– antibacterial
– antifermentative
– anti-mould.