||Occupational Exposure to Formaldehyde in a Medical Center Autopsy Service.
Coldiron, V. R. ;
Ward, J. B. ;
Trieff, N. M. ;
Janssen, H. E. ;
Smith, J. H. ;
||Texas Univ. Medical Branch at Galveston.;Health Effects Research Lab., Research Triangle Park, NC.
Industrial hygiene ;
Medical centers ;
Occupational safety and health
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The formaldehyde exposure occurring in the autopsy service of a medical complex were evaluated as part of a study to detect genetically harmful effects of chemical exposures. Determination of time-weighted average (TWA) exposures and characterization of the patterns of exposure experienced by individuals with different work responsibilities in this occupational setting were sought. Both general area and breathing zone samples were evaluated. Estimated weekly time-weighted average exposures for pathologists, residents and technicians were determined to be between 0.61 and 1.32 parts per million with little difference between work roles. While the averages were similar, the patterns of exposure of technicians and physicians were different.