In your line of work, you are sometimes exposed to hazardous chemicals and, while this may be necessary, you would follow guidelines and procedures and have the appropriate PPE.
Formaldehyde and Xylene are two chemicals used by Hobart Pathology that are of concern.
When issues were raised about these chemicals at several Hobart Pathology sites the local health and safety representative was told Xylene isn’t hazardous, and the current fume extraction system was sufficient.
SafeWork NSW has a Xylene fact sheet that definitely doesn’t list it as harmless.
If this is causing concern in your worksite, please let HACSU know so we can help find a solution to potentially dangerous practices.
Please call HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or email firstname.lastname@example.org