Sealants Sector

Formaldehyde can turn up in small amounts in acrylic latex caulks where it serves as a preservative.

How can this chemical affect my health?

Acute (Short Term) Effects

icon_toxic-orange.pngToxic to Humans & Animals – Can be fatal on contact, ingestion or inhalation for humans and other mammals.

eye-orange.pngIrritates the Eyes – Can cause irritation or serious damage to the eye.

corrosive-orange.pngIrritates the Skin – Can cause irritation or serious damage to the skin.


Chronic (Long Term) Effects

cancer-red.pngCancer – Can cause or increase the risk of cancer.

dna-orange.pngGene Damage – Can cause or increase the rate of mutations, which are changes in genetic material in cells.

asthma-orange.pngAsthma Trigger – Can result in high sensitivity so that small quantities trigger asthma, nose or sinus inflammation or other allergic reactions in the respiratory system.

corrosive-orange.pngSensitizes the Skin – Can lead to allergic reactions on the skin.

pregnancy-yellow.pngBirth Defects – Can cause harm to the developing child including birth defects, low birth weight and biological or behavioral problems that appear as the child grows.


Effects detailed above can occur at various stages of the product’s lifetime, not just during usage. All have been included to provide a complete picture of the chemical’s danger.