What is it?
Phenol Formaldehyde Resin is a resin based on phenol and formaldehyde. This resin has many industrial applications. It is in adhesives, glues and glue films used in the building, and plywood industries, boat and aircraft construction. Phenol Formaldehyde Resin may cause airborne contact dermatitis.

How can I avoid it?
Skin contact with Phenol Formaldehyde Resin is required for it to cause a rash. Discontinuation of exposure to products containing Phenol Formaldehyde Resin should result in improvement and/or resolution of your dermatitis. By law, all products made in the US for topical use have the ingredients listed either on the product package or the box that contains it, so check the labeling of ingredients in your products.  At work, request a material safety data sheet (MSDS) to help identify potential sources of exposure.
  
Many individuals who are allergic to Phenol Formaldehyde Resin are not allergic to formaldehyde itself. 

Avoidance of textile resins is challenging because fabric labels generally do not list the presence or type of resins applied.  Avoiding textiles with formaldehyde resins can be accomplished by not wearing permanent press, wrinkle-resistant, or wash-and-wear labeled fabrics. Static-, water-, and mildew-resistant or flame-retardant fabrics should also be avoided. New clothing and bedding should be washed several times with one or two cupfuls of powdered milk before using. This is particularly helpful for sheets, pillowcases, shirts, and blouses. 

Uses:
  • Adhesives
  • Bakelite products
  • Binding agents
  • Casting sand
  • Impregnation products
  • Inks
  • Integrated circuits for electronics
  • Laboratory counter tops
  • Laminates for paper, fiberglass, and cotton
  • Melamine
  • Nail adhesives
  • Paper laminates
  • Pool balls
  • Resorcin
  • Surface coating resins
  • Textiles
Other names for Phenol Formaldehyde Resin:
  • PFR 2
  • Phenolpac
  • Phenolic acid
Potential cross-reacting/co-reacting substances:
  • Formaldehyde

How safe is it?

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