How to Clean-Up a Formaldehyde Spill
Formaldehyde is a common chemical used in a variety of products. It can cause respiratory irritation if inhaled, such as coughing, wheezing, and chest pains, and can affect people with asthma, allergies, or other breathing issues more acutely. If formaldehyde comes in contact with the skin, it can cause irritations like dermatitis or even burns. People with frequent exposure to formaldehyde, like some lab techs, become more sensitive to these negative effects.
If you encounter a formaldehyde spill, first check to see if any has gotten onto you or anyone else around you. Thoroughly wash any formaldehyde off skin with soapy water. Then proceed to clean up the spill using the following directions.
Step 1: Supplies
- Plastic Dustpan
While you may be able to clean the spill without protection if none is available, it again may be better to call in a team to avoid exposure depending on your level of training.
Step 2: Clean Up
- Ventilate the area by opening any windows and doors or using a fan.
- Put on protective clothing and gear if available before getting near to the spill.
- Pour an ample amount of Amphomag® onto the formaldehyde.
- Continue to slowly add Amphomag® until it completely absorbs the spill, reducing the harmful vapors and smell in the area.
Step 3: Disposal
The formaldehyde spill is now ready to be disposed of in accordance to your local and state regulations. Use a broom and plastic dust pan to sweep up the Amphomag® and dispose.