> >In our teaching lab, we have been using a formaldehyde/phenol/glycerin mixture as a preservative and wetting agent to maintain the cadavers. We would like to move to something less hazardous,
Based on similar discussions I have been involved in over the years, I have some questions based on this goal:
- Less hazardous in what respect?
- What kind of cadavers are you working with?
- Do you know what the current exposure levels to the preservative mixture are?
The reason I ask is that my experience around this question is that each formula has its advocates and detractors and their reasons are often to the specific of the labs they work is conducted in (i.e. storage temperatures, ventilation rates, PPE availability, etc.).
Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
Environmental Safety Manager
Keene State College
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