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MENA MARIN, Margarita; ALPIZAR CALVO, Ted  and  MENA UMANA, Fernando. Medidas de Bioseguridad en una sala de disección de anatomía patológica. Med. leg. Costa Rica [online]. 2010, vol.27, n.1, pp.35-39. ISSN 2215-5287.

Aim: To analyze the biosafety protocols at the laboratory of dissection in the Max Peralta Hospital in Cartago Materials and Methods: With the purpose of knowing the hazards associated with exposure to formaldehyde, we analyzed guidelines provided by the Occupational of Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute of Safety and Health (NIOSH). The variables associated to the study were the use of personal protective equipment, laboratory design and ventilation. The study took place in the month of December 2009. Results: There is no adequate ventilation system to avoid the concentration of formalin in the air. The staff is using all the personal equipment recommended. The room of dissection is separated from the offices, has a sink for hand washing, the work table can be easily cleaned and it is resistant to the chemical actions of chemicals and disinfectants. The hallways shelves do not have seismic restraint. Conclusion: It is important to anticipate the hazards in the. Health and safety hazards shall be anticipated and carefully evaluated so that protective measures can be incorporated into design wherever is possible. However, no matter how well design a laboratory is the miss use of its facilities that will defeat the engineered safety features. Proper education of the facility users is essential.

Keywords : Biosecurity protocols; formaline; laboratory; ventilation.

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