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- Facts about Formaldehyde
- What is Formaldehyde?
- Where is Formaldehyde Used?
- What Does Formaldehyde Do?
- Symptoms of Overexposure
- A Carcinogen
- Which of the following is NOT a symptom of overexposure to formaldehyde?
- OSHA Standards
- Relevant OSHA Standards
- OSHA regulations for formaldehyde can be found in the Code of Federal Regulations, 29-CFR 1910.1048.
- 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
- Environmental Monitoring for Formaldehyde
- How is Exposure to Formaldehyde Monitored?
- Warning Signs
- Warning Signs
- Formalin Storage
- Engineering Controls
- Work Practice Controls
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Respirators (continued)
- Contamination and Formalin Disposal
Level of Instruction: Basic.
: Laboratory, histology, and pathology personnel who may be exposed to formaldehyde.
Author Information: Terry Jo Gile, MT(ASCP)MA Ed has over 45 years of 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.
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.
Joshua J. Cannon, MS, MLS(ASCP)CMSHCM received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Science from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. He holds Medical Laboratory Scientist and Specialist in Hematology certifications through the ASCP Board of Certification. He was a professor at Thomas Jefferson University for seven years before transitioning into his current role as Content Developer at MediaLab. His areas of expertise and professional passions include clinical hematology and interprofessional education.