Air testing for Formaldehyde will confirm a problem with your indoor air, and the results report will give you guidance on how to reduce your inside concentrations, if possible. Washington, DC: Association of American Railroads, Bureau of Explosives, 1994., p. should be decontaminated by solvent extraction, by chemical destruction, or in specially designed incinerators. Not recommendable methods: Evaporation & alkaline hydrolysis. I say "if possible" because adhesives in wood products and other construction materials is a common bulk source of Formaldehyde off-gassing and they can be wide-spread. 516]**PEER REVIEWED**PRECAUTIONS FOR "CARCINOGENS": A high-efficiency particulate arrestor (HEPA) or charcoal filters can be used to minimize amt of carcinogen in exhausted air ventilated safety cabinets, lab hoods, glove boxes or animal rooms ... should be placed or collected in proper containers for disposal. Peer-review: Dilute formaldehyde waste with a large amt of water and treat the soln by hypochlorite soln. The best air purifier for controlling Formaldehyde Gas that is continuously reintroduced into rooms from source materials is one that has a high amount of special chemical gas filtering media such as Activated Carbon Potassium Permanganate filtration. If gowns or towels are contaminated, they should not be sent to laundry, but ... HEPA filters (or "high efficiency particle arresting" filters) are only for capturing tiny solid particles. decontaminated or burnt, to avoid any hazard to laundry personnel. Sources of this gas are often numerous and widely distributed throughout the modern home as part of the actual structure. Sodium carbonate, ammonium hydroxide, or sodium sulfite can neutralize the spill. /SRP: If time permits, pits, ponds, lagoons, soak holes, or holding areas should be sealed with an impermeable flexible membrane liner./ Dike surface flow using soil, sand bags, foamed polyurethane, or foamed concrete. 516]**PEER REVIEWED**Environmental considerations-air spill: Apply water spray or mist to knock down vapors. [USEPA; Engineering Handbook for Hazardous Waste Incineration p.3-13 (1981) EPA ]**PEER REVIEWED**Dissolve in a combustible solvent, then spray the soln into the furnace with afterburner.
If so, you too may be inhaling elevated levels of this noxious gas. But back then the dangers of exposure to Formaldehyde was not as well understood so we suffered onwards with few eyebrows raised.