AN ESTIMATED 1.

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$40,000.00
Award Year:
1984
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
1626
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Niagara Scientific Inc.
4004 New Court Road, Syracuse, NY, 13206
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
SYLVAN Z. BEER
VICE PRESIDENT
() -
Business Contact:
Sylvan Z. Beer
Vice President
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
AN ESTIMATED 1.4 MILLION PEOPLE ARE EXPOSED TO FORMALDEHYDE IN THE WORKPLACE, AND VIRTUALLY THE ENTIRE POPULATION COMES INTO CONTACT WITH THE CHEMICAL BECAUSE OF ITS UBIQUITOUS PRESENCE IN POLLUTED AIR AND IN CONSUMER PRODUCTS. AN INTERIM REPORT FROM THE CHEMICAL INDUSTRY INSTITUTE TOXICOLOGY STATED THAT FORMALDEHYDE WAS CARCINOGENIC TO RATS AND OSHA HAS RECOMMENDED A WORKPLACE CEILING LIMIT OF 1 PPM. UNDER PRESSURE FROM ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS THE EPA REVERSED ITS PREVIOUS DECISION NOT TO REGULATE FORMALDEHYDE. A RULING TO LOWER THE ALLOWABLE EXPOSURE LIMIT IS EXPECTED SHORTLY. THIS PLACES A BURDEN ON THE DETECTION METHODS AVAILABLE TODAY. IN A SURVEY OF AVAILABLE METHODS BY THE NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL CONCLUDES THAT "SIMPLE AND RELIABLE PASSIVE MONITORS...FOR FORMALDEHYDE EMISSION DO NOT EXIST....BOTH CONTINUOUS AND PASSIVE MONITORS ARE NEEDED WITH SENSITIVITIES IN THE RANGE OF 10-30 PARTS PER BILLION". THE FORMALDEHYDE MONITOR PROPOSED HERE WILL RUN UNATTENDED AND AUTOMATICALLY DETECT THE VAPOR DOWN TO APPROXIMATELY 1 PPB.

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