MDF and chipboard

MDF and chipboard

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Caption: MDF and chipboard. Stack of MDF (medium density fibreboard) and chipboard wood. MDF is made from broken down wood fibres that are reformed into panels along with resins that bind the fibres together. Chipboard is made from wood chips and sawmill shavings that are bound together by synthetic resin. Both materials are used as a cheaper and in some cases stronger alternative to natural wood. Both products slowly release urea-formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, into the air. Wood dust released when cutting these products is also known to be a respiratory irritant.

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Keywords: building material, composite board, construction material, danger, dangerous, formaldehyde, hazard, hazardous, irritant, mdf, particle board, poison, poisonous, toxic, toxin, urea formaldehyde, vapor, vapour, voc, volatice aromatic compound, wood

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