da Luz Veronez, Djanira Aparecida; Farias, Edison Luiz Prisco; de Fraga, Rogério; Freitas, Rafael Sousa de; Petersen, Marcela Leão; de Paula Silveira, João Ricardo
August 2010
InterfacEHS;2010, Vol. 5 Issue 2, p1
Academic Journal
Considering the students following practical classes in anatomy laboratories are transitory, teachers, researchers and technical workers are exposed, during long time, to formaldehyde solution. This continued exposition is due to the method usually employed for keeping cadavers for purposes of study and research. The aim of this investigation was to identify the potential health risks for those teachers, researchers and technical workers of anatomy who are exposed to formaldehyde and to propose preventive policies. In this revision, bibliographical research was based on national and international indexers form 1980 to 2009, and on the most important agencies concerned to occupational health. It was proved that formaldehyde solution causes irritation in mucosal membrane of eyes, nose, nasal cavity, pharynx and larynx. The frequent contact and continuous exposition to it my cause headache, nausea, weakness, and cutaneous irritation, besides the carcinogenic, mutagenic and teratogenic risk. Therefore, it is necessary to adopt policies of biosecurity in order to reduce the occupational risks and to alert teachers, researches and technical workers to the possible effects of the activities they execute while doing their task as anatomists.


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