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Commodity Substance: Formaldehyde

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Health and Safety Executive
Food and Environment Protection Act 1985

Date of issue: 18 February 1993
Date of expiry: 14 May 2014

This Approval is Subject to the Following Conditions

Field of use

  1. As an insecticide in museums and buildings of cultural, artistic and historical interest;
  2. As a preservative in museums and buildings of cultural artistic and historical interest.

Pest and usage area

For the control of flying and crawling insects and fungi.

Application method

  1. Treatment in sealed containers;
  2. Storage in 5 -10% aqueous solution.

Operator Protection

  1. A written Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) assessment must be made before using formaldehyde. Operators should also observe the Maximum Exposure Limited (MEL) set out in Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidance note EH40/99 or subsequent issues.
  2. Engineering control of operator exposure must be used where reasonably practicable in addition to the following items of personal protective equipment: Operators must wear suitable protective clothing, including protective gloves, eye protection and suitable respiratory protective equipment, when handling or applying the substance.
  3. However engineering controls may replace personal protective equipment if a Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) assessment shows they provide an equal or higher standard of protection.

Other Specific Restrictions

  1. Operators should be provided with adequate information about the hazards of the substance and the precautions necessary for safe use. Sources of information include the supplier's Safety Data Sheet.
  2. Unprotected persons and animals must be excluded from any areas where treatment is taking place, and such areas should be ventilated after treatment.
  3. Must be used only by operators who are suitably trained and competent to carry out this work.

Further information

Updated 2016-08-03