Process: Handling formaldehyde (37%) or Formalin.
Hazard: Regulated Carcinogen. A moderate fire hazard. Toxic by inhalation; strong irritant and sensitizer.
Equipment: Skin and eye protection should be used when working with formaldehyde. If airborne exposures are suspected, contact EH&S 1-2356. Eye protection should be selected on potential for splash exposure. Minimum potential: Safety glasses with side shields when only low splash hazard exists. Goggles should be worn if using or transferring larger quantities. Disposable nitrile, neoprene, natural rubber, or PVC gloves provide protection from skin contact. Heavier gloves should be used when extended handling of contaminated or preserved materials or immersion is likely. A chemically resistant apron should be used when transferring or using large quantities and splash is likely.
Ventilation: Work with formaldehyde in a fume hood or with local exhaust ventilation. Use only in an area with an emergency shower and eyewash.
Procedures: Keep in a tightly closed container. Separate from oxidizing agents.
Procedures: In case of contact with eyes, immediately flush with copious amounts of water for at least 15 minutes. In case of skin contact, immediately wash skin with soap and water. If inhaled, remove to fresh air and seek medical attention. Contact EH&S at 1-2356.
FOLLOW SPILL PROCEDURE FOR SPILL CLEANUP
Disposal: All waste shall be placed in closed containers, properly labeled and moved to the Hazardous Waste Accumulation Structure (south west corner of SGM). Notify Roger Clark of Waste to be picked up from the Hazardous Waste Accumulation area.
Approval: Principle Investigator/Responsible Person approval is required before use of this material.
Labeling: Whenever Formaldehyde is mixed and stored outside of its original container, it must be clearly marked with its concentration and a description of its hazards. Always use full chemical name on label.