What is it?
Urea formaldehyde is a transparent resin, plastic, glue made from urea & formaldehyde.  It is the most widely used adhesives in the wood products industry.

How do I avoid it?
You should avoid any contact with this substance. Avoidance requires reading labels, package inserts, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), and, on occasion, direct communication with the manufacturer.Medium density fiberboard (MDF) contains a higher resin-to-wood ratio than any other urea formaldehyde pressed wood product and is generally recognized as being the highest formaldehyde-emitting pressed wood product.

Uses:
  • Adhesives
  • Decorative laminates
  • Wrinkle resistant fabrics (i.e. cotton blends, rayon, corduroy)
  • Wood glue industry
  • Finishes
  • Molded objects
  • Paper
  • Pressed wood products
  • Medium density fiberboard (MDF)
  • Particleboard
  • Hardwood plywood paneling
  • Agriculture as a controlled release source of nitrogen fertilizer
  • Urea formaldehyde foam insulation – no longer used.
  • Electrical appliance casings (i.e. desk lamps)
  • Textiles - wrinkle resistant fabrics, cotton blend, rayon, corduroy

Other names for urea formaldehyde:
  • Urea-methanol
  • UF

How safe is it?

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