So the off-gasing of Formaldehyde was both constant and very concentrated in the Biology classrooms for weeks at a time.
This time our Sick Building Syndrome story made the 6 O'clock news and that was the year the university along with the rest of the nation really started realizing how much of a problem building-related illness was. should be marked distinctively with appropriate labels.
It was a foreshadow to the green-building revolution now well under way.
Formaldehyde Exposure 101In high school Biology classes I remember having to dissect pickled worms, frogs, baby pigs, and even a mink.
Yes it was a gruesome scene, but not nearly so gruesome as the sour odor from all the Formaldehyde (a.k.a. The teacher usually stored our mutilated critters in non-air-tight bags under her desk in between our hack job sessions.
So reducing Formaldehyde gas hazards is often not as simple as buying eco-friendly furnishings, replacing carpeting with hardwood flooring, or creating a cigarette smoke-free environment indoors. A general index of technical names has also been compiled. The latter may be stored at room temp without precipitation of solid formaldehyde polymers because it contains 5-10% of methyl alcohol. Materials of construction preferred for storage vessels are 304, 316, and 347-type stainless steels or lined carbon steels. Treatment and Disposal Methods for Waste Chemicals (IRPTC File). published have not been tested on all kinds of carcinogen-containing waste.
Air testing will at least tell you if the alternate strategies besides source control will be needed. Lyon, France: International Agency for Research on Cancer, 1979., p. Spill-absorbent bags should be available for emergencies. Engineering controls in hemodialysis units should include (a) isolating the main system from personnel & patients in case of inadvertent spills or (b) disconnecting the dialyzers before the sterilization process is completed. This index should always be consulted when attempting to locate the appropriate procedures to be used when shipping any substance or article. Boston, MA: National Fire Protection Association, 1986., p. The uninhibited type must be maintained at a temp of at least 32 deg C to prevent the separation of solid formaldehyde polymers. Sources of Formaldehyde Gas in homes, workplaces, and schools is a very common culprit for causing general indoor air pollution, Sick Building Syndrome, and even increased risk of cancer. Handling Chemical Carcinogens in the Laboratory: Problems of Safety. 15]**PEER REVIEWED**Environmental considerations: water spill: Use natural barriers or oil spill control booms to limit spill travel. You can read about my experience with this toxic gas below. Lyon, France: International Agency for Research on Cancer, 1979., p. Indoor storage should be in areas having floors pitched toward a trapped drain or in curbed retention areas. Use surface active agent (eg detergent, soaps, alcohols), if approved by USEPA. Formaldehyde was used as a common preservative in the thousands of jarred specimens and animals used for anatomical dissections there too. Yes, unfortunately I have had to do many cadaver dissections throughout my academic career. Sources of this gas are often numerous and widely distributed throughout the modern home as part of the actual structure. Sodium carbonate, ammonium hydroxide, or sodium sulfite can neutralize the spill. /SRP: If time permits, pits, ponds, lagoons, soak holes, or holding areas should be sealed with an impermeable flexible membrane liner./ Dike surface flow using soil, sand bags, foamed polyurethane, or foamed concrete. 516]**PEER REVIEWED**Environmental considerations-air spill: Apply water spray or mist to knock down vapors. [USEPA; Engineering Handbook for Hazardous Waste Incineration p.3-13 (1981) EPA ]**PEER REVIEWED**Dissolve in a combustible solvent, then spray the soln into the furnace with afterburner.