ABC of Safety in the Biological Sciences
Risks associated with procedures used in a medical museum from exposure to body fluids, tissues and fixative agents. Other hazards relate to the preparation of museum specimen jars which necessitates drilling and sanding perspex. This produces a fine dust which can be inhaled. A mask or respirator should be worn and in some cases (such as when using mechanical sanders) it may be necessary to use a dust extraction unit.104
Perspex cement is normally prepared by dissolving perspex chips in dichloroethane. Dichloroethane is a flammable liquid and a carcinogen and should be used only in a fume hood. Protective clothing, including rubber gloves, gown and mask should be worn.
Other safety factors which need to be considered are as follows: