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Paraformaldehyde is used as a disinfectant, hardening agent and waterproofing agent. It is also used to prepare adhesives, resins and dentistry as an antiseptic and contraceptive. It is also employed as a thermoplastic. In addition, it is used in the preparation of formalin fixatives for tissues or cells during the samples subjected to florescence studies.
Storey, J. M.; Andersen, W. C.; Heise, A.; Turnipseed, S. B.; Lohne, J.; Thomas, T.; Madson, M. A rapid liquid chromatography determination of free formaldehyde in cod. Food Addit. Contam. Part A 2015, 32 (5), 657-664.
Hesler, V. J.; Skelton, B. W.; White, A. H.; Brown, D. H.; Baker, M. V. Calixarene/azolium cyclophane hybrids: synthesis, structure and conformations. J. Inclusion Phenom. Macrocyclic Chem. 2015, 82 (1-2), 53-69.
Hazard Statements: H312-H314-H317-H332-H335-H341-H350
Harmful in contact with skin. Causes severe skin burns and eye damage. May cause an allergic skin reaction. Harmful if inhaled. May cause respiratory irritation. Suspected of causing genetic defects. May cause cancer.
Precautionary Statements: P201-P202-P260-P264b-P271-P272-P280g-P281-P301+P330+P331-P303+P361+P353-P304+P340-P305+P351+P338-P310-P333+P313-P363-P501c
Obtain special instructions before use. Do not handle until all safety precautions have been read and understood. Do not breathe dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Wash face, hands and any exposed skin thoroughly after handling Use only outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Contaminated work clothing should not be allowed out of the workplace. Wear protective gloves. Use personal protective equipment as required. IF SWALLOWED: Rinse mouth. Do NOT induce vomiting. IF ON SKIN (or hair): Remove/Take off immediately all contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with water/shower. IF INHALED: Remove to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. Immediately call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician. If skin irritation or rash occurs: Get medical advice/attention. Wash contaminated clothing before reuse. Dispose of contents/ container to an approved waste disposal plant