WHAT IS FORMALDEHYDE?
Formaldehyde is a substance classified as hazardous to people's health. This is due to its potential - short term and long term - effects on the respiratory system. Formaldehyde is a substance whose potential hazardousness is closely linked with its extreme volatility. The main way it penetrates the body is via the respiratory system, and once inside it can cause several negative effects on the organism. Specifically with regard to the wood industry, formaldehyde is used extensively in the manufacture of ureic resins. These resins are normally used in the manufacture of coatings and adhesives and in impregnated papers used to make laminates. An Italian law passed in 2008 made it obligatory to exclusively use panels with low formaldehyde emissions (i.e. belonging to Class E1) for all products manufactured in Italy.
SNAIDERO'S LOW EMISSION PANELS
Snaidero has chosen to adopt low emission panels in the manufacture of its kitchens. This solution is based on 19mm thick wood particle boards with extremely low formaldehyde emissions: less than half of that set out in European standard E1. This is because the Company has chosen to comply with one of the strictest international standards. Our low emission panels comply with the standards set out by the “CARB” (Californian Air Resources Board), which are particularly restrictive in terms of formaldehyde emissions for wood-based panels and finished products made from the same.