We did the same thing in our new human anatomy lab. The instructor and students like ‘em, our embalmers like ‘em and our IH who did the formaldehyde exposure monitoring likes ‘em. A bit of training to make sure the side slots are kept clear and it’s all good.
Debbie M. Decker, Campus Chemical Safety Officer
Environmental Health and Safety
University of California, Davis
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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.
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University of California, Riverside
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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**sau.edu
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