From: Russell Vernon <russell.vernon**At_Symbol_Here**UCR.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Cadaver lab ventilation; Dissection tables for 1) cadavers and 2) animals
Date: February 2, 2012 12:07:57 PM EST
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We recently remodeled our Gross Human Anatomy Lab with down-draft tables which are reducing the formaldehyde in the air dramatically. We followed the ‘side-slot’ design that University of Nevada found most effective.



Russell Vernon, Ph.D.


Environmental Health & Safety

University of California, Riverside

900 University Ave

Riverside, CA 92521



Direct (951) 827-5119

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From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Ferm, Barret
Sent: Thursday, February 02, 2012 7:32 AM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Cadaver lab ventilation; Dissection tables for 1) cadavers and 2) animals


I am seeking information regarding ventilation methods for a cadaver laboratory.  In particular, we want to know the best way to achieve low formaldehyde levels, closer to the NIOSH recommended level of 0.016 ppm-TWA.  Also, any specific precedence or references you can share to help me inform/educate the decision makers why it is (or is not) in the institution's best interest to go by the NIOSH  values rather than the OSHA values (0.75 ppm TWA for formaldehyde).
All this is in the context of a renovation and expansion.  Any information on this would be greatly appreciated, including vendors for down-draft tables or other engineering control techniology (reviews, good+bad).   Thanks!

Barry Ferm, CHO & Lab Coordinator, St. Ambrose University, Davenport Iowa, fermbarreta**At_Symbol_Here**

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