There can be puddles and pockets of preservatives. Also, bone cutting saws spray particulate and droplets (I recommend goggles for sawing).
Frank R. Demer, MS, CIH, CSP
Health Safety Officer
Industrial Hygiene and Safety
University of Arizona
Department of Risk Management Services
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 210300, Tucson, AZ 85721-0300
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I got the following inquiry from one of my colleagues:
Do you have any figures for how many eye injuries per year come from animal dissections in instructional labs? Or something similar to that? I'm wondering this because when I observed Dr. X dissecting a cadaver, I noticed that the tissue is moist to preserve the body, but there are no “puddles” or “pocket” of preservative that I noticed. I know there have been documented cases of formaldehyde-based preservatives getting in people’s eyes, but I can't seem to find any statistics on it.
Does anyone have any information on this? I suspect an appeal is being made to relax the requirement to wear eye protection when dissecting and my colleague would like to provide rationale for its use based on past performance (which is no guarantee of future results).
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