A Statement from Chris Vinyard

Please see an update from the College of Medicine regarding the Gross Anatomy Lab.

From: Chris Vinyard

Re: Recent issue related to the gross anatomy lab

Due to feedback that we received recently from students regarding chemical exposure levels in the gross anatomy lab, we are restricting access until we have this issue resolved. In addition to receiving reports from students, we directly observed that the chemical levels are unusually high at some cadaver stations and have not dissipated as they typically do after the start of the semester. 

Our university safety officers are currently completing tests of the exposure levels in the lab. Their initial tests indicate that some of the cadavers exceed the recommended federal limits for short-term exposure. (Short-term exposure is 2.0 ppm formaldehyde). As a result, LABS AND GROSS ANATOMY REVIEWS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED until we have this issue resolved. 

PLEASE DO NOT GO TO THE YASSINE LAB until we have indicated it is appropriate to return. 

While initial chemical level readings have not indicated any levels that exceed the CDC indicators for long-term health effects from our current exposure, please rest assured that we will take all necessary precautions. Your safety is our top concern.

We apologize for any inconvenience.  We will be working with the university groups to resolve this issue and ensure complete safety for all in the lab.  We will then work with the college to determine the appropriate steps for our coursework. We will keep you updated as we move forward.

Thanks for your patience. We will update you upon completion of our assessment.








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