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MDF is a intermediate product that combines the advantages and favourableproperties of hardboard and wood chipboard It is manufactured from fibreslike hardboard and its high internal bond strength is derived from an addedresin binder as used for the manufacturing of wood chipboard MDF guaranteesthat the formality will stay the same eg size colour density and strength MDF is the most rapidly growing manufactured wood product in the world withdemand levels climbing between 10 and 15 every year The prices are alsogoing up rising to record high levels projected to increase an additional50 from current levels during the next five years The Government legislation states that too have the area that you are workingin well ventilated and wear goggles and dust masks Taken from theoccupational health and safety act 1985 part 3 clause 21 This governmentlegislation makes the work place safer CSR Wood Panels over the past few years has decided to introduce HazardWarning labels for MDF which are attached to invoices receipts and as wellas delivery packaging On the labels it states thatcombinations of processed wood formaldehyde resin and wax Exposureto wood dust and formaldehyde may cause irritation to eyes respiratorysystem and skin and may cause sensitisation by inhalation and skin contacteg asthma and dermatitis In halation of wood dust and formaldehyde maycause cancerThe idea behind this is that the labels are there to inform the communityof the dangers of MDF and this is done firstly by telling the customers andmanufactures of the MDF products about how the MDF particles can affect you The major ingredients of MDF are Wood 85Urea formaldehyde UF resin or melamine urea formaldehyde MUF resin Paraffin wax Production Ingredients are bound together under heat and pressure This process curesthe resin but small amounts of the resin may be released from the finishedproduct which is usually 0025 free formaldehyde by weight With modern technology Germany has set the standard of limiting the amount offree formaldehyde to 01ppm this is tested
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