Who Should Take This Course?

Our Formaldehyde Awareness Online course is intended for those who may be exposed to formaldehyde in the workplace. The course provides general awareness of the risks of formaldehyde exposure, as well as information on the employer requirements to prevent workplace exposures to formaldehyde.

Formaldehyde is a strong-smelling, colorless gas often found in water-based solutions. It can be found in common products such as chemicals, plywood, household products, glues, industrial fungicides, disinfectants, and more.

Workers may be exposed to formaldehyde through the skin as a liquid, or as a gas, or vapor. Workers in textiles, resin production, healthcare professionals, medical lab technicians, and mortuary workers may be at increased risk of formaldehyde exposure. Formaldehyde can cause immune system responses and is a known carcinogen. It can cause symptoms such as respiratory issues; irritation of the skin, eyes, nose, and throat; and coughing and wheezing. If ingested, formaldehyde can be fatal.

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Formaldehyde Awareness Training

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Course Outline

Within our Online Training System (OTS), this course consists of the 4 sections listed below.

Section Title
1 Course Overview
2 Formaldehyde, Exposure Limits, and Monitoring
What is Formaldehyde? | Resources for formaldehyde hazards | Sensitization | Exposure symptoms | NIOSH pocket guide | Routes of exposure | OSHA fact sheet | Uses of formaldehyde | Items that may contain formaldehyde | Who’s at risk of exposure? | Complying with OSHA standards | Application of OSHA formaldehyde regulations | Employer responsibilities | Employee rights | Measuring hazardous concentrations | Time-weighted average | Permissible exposure limit | Short-term exposure limit | Threshold limit value | Recommended exposure limit | Action level | Immediately dangerous to life and health | Exposure limits | Initial and periodic monitoring | Representative sampling | Workplace changes | Exceptions | Termination of monitoring | Monitoring accuracy | Notification of results | Observation of monitoring.
3 Limiting Employee Exposure
Protecting workers | Workplace controls | Regulated areas | Engineering controls and safe work practices | Respiratory protection and program | When to change cartridges and canisters | Escape respirators | Negative pressure respirators | Respiratory protection training | Protective clothing | Selection of protective equipment | Maintenance of protective clothing | Containers and storage areas | Cleaning, replacement and disposal | Change rooms | Drench showers and eyewash facilities | Leak and spill detection program | Leak and spill response | Emergencies | Hazard communication | Labels addressing release of formaldehyde | Training.
4 Medical Surveillance
Who receives medical surveillance? | Physician exam | When does surveillance occur? | Medical disease questionnaire | Medical exams and components | Exams for exposure during emergency | Information provided to physicians | Second opinions | Employee notification | When physicians findings differ | Role of a third physician | Written medical opinion | Employer responsibilities | Medical removal | Signs and symptoms | Two-week evaluation and remediation period | Exam elements | Work removal | Transfer following removal | Medical removal protection benefits | Employer compensation | Recordkeeping.
Course Exam

Course Exam

  • The final exam for this course consists of 20 questions, which are randomly compiled from a large pool of possible questions.
  • A 70% or better score is needed in order to pass the final exam. If a student does not pass, they may re-review information in the sections as necessary, and retake the test as many times as needed in order to pass.

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Course Format

This Formaldehyde Awareness training is a 100% online, fully narrated course. The training is self-paced and available 24/7.

The course includes up-to-date, high quality training designed with your safety and learning as our top priority. Taken through our state-of-the-art Online Training System (OTS), the course features interactive training and both audio and visual elements for maximum retention. The course is completed entirely online using a computer with an internet connection and is available 24/7. For your convenience, it can be completed over time, and your progress will be saved to the last section completed. Students are given 6 months to complete the course after enrollment. We are so certain you will be satisfied with your experience, that we offer a 100% Money Back Guarantee*.

Once the course is completed, you will immediately be able to download, save or print your Course Completion Certificate which is provided in PDF format. We also offer the option to be mailed a PVC credit card style Wallet ID Card with optional photo, showing training course completion. If selected during enrollment, this ID Card option costs an additional $5.00, and the card will be mailed within 24 hours of course completion.

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This course was designed by OSHA Certified Outreach Trainers and meets the requirements for 29 CFR 1910.1048 for General Industry, 1926.1148 for Construction, and 1915.1048 for Shipyards.


Once the course is completed, you will immediately be able to download, save or print your Course Completion Certificate which is provided in PDF format.

Course Objectives

The objective of this Formaldehyde Awareness Course is to provide general awareness training on the risks and protection measures for those who may be exposed to formaldehyde in the workplace. The course content is principally derived from 29 CFR 1910.1048 for General Industry, 29 CFR 1926.1148 for Construction, and 29 CFR 1915.1048 for Shipyards.

Learning Objectives

After completing this Formaldehyde Awareness training course, the student should understand:

  • Workers’ rights regarding exposure to hazards in the workplace;
  • The primary characteristics of formaldehyde;
  • The hazards of formaldehyde;
  • Occupations where formaldehyde may be present;
  • Methods for employers to protect workers from exposure;
  • The medical surveillance process and medical removal process; and
  • Recordkeeping requirements.

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Training Requirements

Please note that this Formaldehyde Awareness training course provides valuable information which applies to the general population of employees who are exposed to hazardous formaldehyde on the job. This course is not meant to replace company-specific training provided by your employer on equipment use and procedures for your particular work environment. This training should be used as part of an overall safety program. You must be trained by your employer on the hazards, equipment, engineering and administrative controls, safe work practices and emergency plans specific to your role and workplace.

In ALL situations, employers are required to ensure their employees are adequately trained to do their job.

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