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Controlling formaldehyde exposures during embalming.
Appl Occup Environ Hyg 2001 Apr; 16(4):438
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.
Control-methods; Formaldehydes; Exposure-levels; Cancer; Control-systems; Respiratory-irritants; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Lung-cancer; Lung-disease; Lung-disorders
Issue of Publication
Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
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