Embalmers (Including Funeral Service Workers)

  • D. Linn HolnessEmail author
  • Diandra Budd
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Embalmers and funeral service workers are exposed to skin irritants and allergens and may develop irritant contact dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis. The most common allergens found in a workplace-based study were formaldehyde and glutaraldehyde. Embalmers may also be at risk for contact urticaria related to latex. They are also at risk for infectious diseases. Students and staff in anatomy laboratories may also have exposure to formaldehyde from the embalmed bodies.


Embalmers Embalming Funeral service workers Irritant contact dermatitis Allergic contact dermatitis Formaldehyde Glutaraldehyde Cleaning agents Disinfectants Contact urticaria Infectious diseases 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Occupational MedicineSt Michael’s HospitalTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Department of MedicineUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  3. 3.Division of Occupational MedicineSt. Michael’s HospitalTorontoCanada
  4. 4.Centre for Urban Health Solutions, Li Ka Shing Knowledge InstituteSt. Michael’s HospitalTorontoCanada

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