Case Number 4602
Request Date 03/02/2016
Completion Date 22/02/2016

 

Details of the Request

  1. How many reported incidents involving formaldehyde and/or Formalin have occurred in the last 3 years at your trust? Please provide numbers of staff and patients involved in such incidents
  2. How many reported illnesses or injury due to formaldehyde and/or formalin has your trust had?
  3. Has your trust ever been subject to legal proceedings due to exposure to formaldehyde and and/or formalin? Please supply numbers of incidents
  4. Does your trust have a policy or procedure in place to reduce exposure to formaldehyde and/or formalin in the treatment room setting whilst harvesting biopsy samples? If so please supply
  5. Does your trust have a policy to purchase the safest practicable solution to reduce harmful exposure to Formaldehyde and/or formalin? If so please supply details

 

Details of the Response

1. How many reported incidents involving formaldehyde and/or Formalin have occurred in the last 3 years at your trust? Please provide numbers of staff and patients involved in such incidents

  • Incident 1: 1 member of staff involved
  • Incident 2: 1 member of staff involved
  • Incident 3: 1 member of staff involved
  • Incident 4: 1 member of staff involved

 

2. How many reported illnesses or injury due to formaldehyde and/or formalin has your trust had?

Of the 4 incidents above:

  • 1 member of staff had sore eyes possibly as a result of sensitivity to formalin
  • 1 member of staff splashed eye

 

3. Has your trust ever been subject to legal proceedings due to exposure to formaldehyde and and/or formalin? Please supply numbers of incidents

The Trust has not been subject to legal proceedings due to exposure to formaldehyde and/or formalin in the last 3 years.

 

4. Does your trust have a policy or procedure in place to reduce exposure to formaldehyde and/or formalin in the treatment room setting whilst harvesting biopsy samples? If so please supply

Sent to requester.

 

5. Does your trust have a policy to purchase the safest practicable solution to reduce harmful exposure to Formaldehyde and/or formalin? If so please supply details

No – but pharmaceuticals are sourced according to best practice guidance on the procurement of pharmaceuticals, risk assessment of packaging and labelling, obtaining a COSHH data sheet, etc.