Guide & Formaldehyde Vapor Reduction in the Funeral Home Preparation Room Study
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Scope of the Study
The objective of the study was to identify those features of an effective ventilation system that would remove formaldehyde from the breathing zone of the embalmer.
The study was conducted by William Ridenhour, a leading HVAC (heating ventilating and air conditioning) consultant, whose experience includes designing and auditing laboratories for the federal government.
Using his HVAC experience and knowledge of formaldehyde and its properties, Ridenhour inspected funeral homes to examine their ventilation systems. He also conducted an extensive literature search to identify those preparation room activities that were shown to produce the most significant formaldehyde rates. This research enabled Ridenhour to assess how ventilation systems addressed formaldehyde vapors and what improvements could be made.