Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF)

A Common Product profile (CP) is a type of data record originally developed as part of a collaboration called the Quartz Project. The profiles are not specific to any manufacturer, but list the substances that are most commonly present in a product type. The CPs include a general description of the product type, a list of the most common substances serving each function in the product, and the health hazards associated with these substances. See the CP methodology here for more information.

This CP is based on research done for the Quartz Project. Some records may reflect updates made by HBN following the completion of the Quartz effort. In addition, health profile and process chemistry information here is linked to the Pharos Chemical and Material Library (CML). The CML is regularly updated as hazard lists and research evolves, so this hazard display may not match the snapshot shown in the Quartz database.

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Description:

Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) is a non-structural wood panel product constructed using wood residues from the production of primary wood products. MDF is produced by blending these wood residues with resin(s), resin catalyst, and wax, followed by curing under pressure and heat. Urea-formaldehyde (UF) is the most commonly used resin for MDF, however other resins such as melamine-urea formaldehyde or polymeric isocyanate resins may be used when moisture resistance is specified or a no added formaldehyde (NAF) resin is desired. This CP models a standard MDF product made with UF resin. Note that MDF intended for exterior applications may contain a fungicide.

This information reflects our best understanding of product composition in 2015.

Hazards:

PERSISTENT
EC - CEPA DSL - Persistent from AMMONIUM SULFATE

ENDOCRINE
TEDX - Potential Endocrine Disruptors - Potential Endocrine Disruptor from AMMONIUM SULFATE

RESPIRATORY
AOEC - Asthmagens - Asthmagen (Rs) - sensitizer-induced from UREA FORMALDEHYDE

See the Pharos record HERE for more details and the sources used to create this Common Product profile.

Last updated: December 19, 2016