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In-depth survey report: evaluation of a ventilation system to control formaldehyde exposures during embalming at Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, Cincinnati, Ohio, report no. CT-173-04b.

Authors
Gressel-MG
Source
NIOSH 1990 Dec; :1-18
NIOSHTIC No.
00196935
Abstract
The goal of this study was to develop and evaluate local exhaust ventilation controls which will reduce the embalmer's exposure to formaldehyde (50000). The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science had three tables set up for conducting embalmings. Two of the tables were in a large room which serves as a laboratory for the students. The third was located in an isolation room and was used primarily for suspected infectious cases. All the embalmings conducted for this study were conducted in the isolation room and all involved noninfectious bodies. The local exhaust ventilation system developed for the mortuary consisted of 6 foot slot hoods on either side of the embalming table. Of the 32 personal samples taken, the formaldehyde concentration of five samples showed a concentration of 1 part per million. The author recommends that a local exhaust ventilation system similar to the design tested here be installed permanently in the isolation room and on the other tables in the main embalming laboratory.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; CT-173-04b; Region-5; Ventilation-systems; Air-quality-control; Control-technology; Infection-control
CAS No.
50-00-0
Publication Date
19901201
Document Type
Control Technology; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1991
NTIS Accession No.
PB91-169375
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
CT-173-04b
Priority Area
Control-technology
SIC Code
7261
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH
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