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- Facts about Formaldehyde
- OSHA Standards
- Relevant OSHA Standards
- OSHA regulations for formaldehyde can be found in the Code of Federal Regulations, 29-CFR 1910.1048.
- Surveillance Questionnaire
- Label Requirements and Safety Data Sheets
- Manufacturer's Label
- Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
- Where can you look to find first aid measures if you or someone in the laboratory has eye or skin contact with formalin?
- Environmental Monitoring
- Permissible Limits for Formaldehyde Exposure
- Acceptable Results
- Unacceptable Results
- Corrective Action
- What should you expect from your employer in response to formaldehyde monitoring results that are above the permissible exposure limit (PEL)?
- Warning Signs
- Engineering Controls
- Work Practice Controls
- Transporting Formalin Containers
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Contamination and Formalin Disposal
- In Case of Contamination
- In Case of a Spill
- Disposal of Formaldehyde-Containing Solutions
Level of Instruction: Basic.
Intended Audience: Laboratory, histology, and pathology personnel who may be exposed to formaldehyde.
Author Information: Terry Jo Gile, MT(ASCP)MA Ed has over 45 years experience as a certified medical technologist. She has a bachelor's degree in Biology from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and a master's degree in Education from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. For 20 years she was a member of the management team at Barnes-Jewish Hospital Department of Laboratories in St. Louis, Missouri, and served as the Safety Officer as well as a laboratory safety consultant to the BJC Health System. Terry Jo headed her own consulting firm, Safety Lady, LLC, for 27 years. In that capacity, she lectured and consulted worldwide on the proper implementation of safety programs in clinical laboratories.
Reviewer information: Paul S. Fekete, MD is the CEO of MediaLab, Inc. He was formerly a senior pathologist with Gwinnett Pathology Associates in metro Atlanta and an assistant professor of pathology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Fekete is board-certified in anatomical and clinical pathology and cytopathology.
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