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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Plywood is constructed using thin layers of wood, called plies, bound by resin. A variety of wood species may be used depending upon the application. This CP is for flooring underlayment and roof and wall sheathing applications, which often use softwood species such as Yellow Pine or Douglas Fir. Plywood underlayment and sheathing is commonly constructed with a moisture resistant resin, such as phenol formaldehyde, and is typically sold in 4 x 8 ft planks of 9 mm to 18 mm thickness.

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



AOEC - Asthmagens - Asthmagen (Rs) - sensitizer-induced from PHENOL FORMALDEHYDE

GHS - New Zealand - 9.2A - Very ecotoxic in the soil environment from PHENOL FORMALDEHYDE

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

Last updated: December 19, 2016