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Assessing Embalmer Exposure to Bioaerosols and the Associated Health Risk


The purpose of embalming is to temporarily halt the effects of the morphological changes that occur after death. Though there is abundant scientific literature on the chemical risks of the occupation of embalmer, few studies attempt to evaluation the biological risks. Nonetheless, the available literature does include descriptions of several cases of microbial contamination following accidental exposure to blood or other biofluids, or to bioaerosols generated during certain tasks performed on bodies or tissue.

The purpose of this research project is to assess embalmer exposure to bioaerosols and to determine possible associated health risks. It also aims to assess the effects of certain factors that influence the behaviour of biological particles so that effective preventive or corrective measures can be suggested.

Additional Information

Type: Project
Number: 2016-0016
Status: Completed
Year of completion: 2020
  • Jacques Lavoie (IRSST)
  • Geneviève Marchand (IRSST)
  • Yves Cloutier (IRSST)
  • Stéphane Hallé (École de technologie supérieure)
  • Maximilien Debia (Université de Montréal)