Other Hazards

Formaldehyde
Exposure to liquid or vapors of formaldehyde can cause various symptoms and diseases including headache, otorhinological irritation, throat irritation, chronic cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, pharyngitis, asthma, chronic airway obstruction, pharyngitis, menstrual, sexual and reproductive disorders. Although the incidence is high, the severity in most cases is usually low.

Radioactivity
Rarely, mortuary personnel may come across a death following receipt of radioactive substance, introduced either for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes. Similarly, the probability of coming across radioactive fluid or tissue is also be extremely rare. However, in such condition, specialist consultation must be made to inquire about the amount of activity remaining, based on the half-life of the isotope. Only if the remaining radioactivity is less than 5mCi, normal safety procedures can be performed. In case the residual activity is more than 5mCi, the team must perform the autopsy in limited intervals to prevent exposure syndrome. Lead suits may be helpful in case the radioactivity is high. The fluid in the body must be carefully drained and collection and proper disposal of radioactive fluid or tissue must follow guidelines on disposal of radioactive material.