What chemicals are used to embalm the cadavers?
The embalming solutions vary and can include: Methanol, Alcohol, Phenol, Propylene glycol and approx. 2% Formaldehyde. The dissection lab is designed with a special ventilation system that meets the EPA regulations for this type of environment. This type of ventilation system is called a “Total Air Exchange System”. Multiple times an hour (every 6 to 8 minutes) all air in the lab is removed and fresh air is cooled and brought in. There will always be a slight odor from the chemicals used to embalm the cadavers, which cannot be totally eliminated.