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Lab Safety Man: Special safety in the anatomic pathology laboratory

Anatomic pathology laboratories present safety concerns that can differ from those in the clinical lab. Formaldehyde and other hazardous chemicals are used to preserve tissue specimens; workers can be exposed to large amounts of blood and body fluid during autopsies; and the sharp blades in cryostats and microtomes create additional dangers. Histology and cytology employees need to be ever-vigilant to protect themselves from these exceptional hazards.

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