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Controlling formaldehyde exposures during embalming.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
Appl Occup Environ Hyg 2001 Apr; 16(4):438
NIOSHTIC No.
20021740
Abstract
Definition of Hazard - Embalmers are exposed to formaldehyde at concentrations averaging up to 9 parts per million (ppm) during embalming. Short-term exposures to this strong-smelling gas cause eye, nose, and throat irritation at levels up to 5 ppm. At levels from 10 to 20 ppm, it causes cough, chest tightness, and unusual heart beat; and from 50 to 100 ppm, fluid on the lungs, followed by death. Exposure to formaldehyde over a long time may also cause cancer.
Keywords
Control-methods; Formaldehydes; Exposure-levels; Cancer; Control-systems; Respiratory-irritants; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Lung-cancer; Lung-disease; Lung-disorders
CODEN
AOEHE9
CAS No.
50-00-0
Publication Date
20010401
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2001
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
1047-322X
NIOSH Division
EID; DPSE
Source Name
Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
State
OH
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