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  • Formaldehyde is toxic and the exposure limit is 2ppm for 10 minutes in every 8 hours. If you are affected by the vapour in any way e.g. eyes watering, leave the area immediately.

  • Containers containing formaldehyde solutions should only be opened in a designated ventillated area. Goggles , gloves, and an apron should be worn over laboratory coat.

  • Gloves, goggles and apron must be worn over laboratory coat when making up formol saline or changing the formalin on specimens. This procedure should be performed in a designated ventillated area.

  • Any spillages must be cleaned up immediately (see COSHH protocols)

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