There are many chemicals and tools used in the Anatomy Laboratory in association with cadaver dissection.  Some of these chemicals are known respiratory irritants and carcinogens and some may cause central nervous system disorders. These conditions can pose an especially serious risk to an embryo/fetus.  


Dissection Tools may include:  Scalpels, scissors, hemostats, forceps, probes, pins, gloves, Stryker saw, hacksaws, hammers, chisels, Virchow skull breakers, and reciprocating saw.


Chemicals may include:   Formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, methanol, ortho-dichlorobenzene , isopropyl alcohol, ethylene glycol, phenol, and formalin.


Please see the Safety Data Sheets in the SDS binder, located in the anatomy lab chemical room, for more information about the risks associated with these materials.


If you are pregnant, or have a medical condition where exposure to these conditions may put your health at risk, we recommend that you consult with your physician and determine whether your presence in this setting is appropriate. 


You may consider purchasing (at your own expense) and wearing while in the lab:

  1. a dual cartridge respirator or a PAPR system respirator or a device/mask that provides similar protection
  2. Tyvek coveralls.


All Students/staff/faculty are required to wear nitrile gloves when handling or dissecting cadavers.


If you determine you are unable to participate in this course and/or require an accommodation, please contact the following:

  • For disability accommodations:
  • For accommodations related to pregnancy:
  • For information regarding a graduate student leave of absence, please contact


KSUCPM Laboratory Visitor Policy


Access to all CPM laboratories is limited to employees (faculty and staff) as warranted by their job duties.  Access to students is limited to those students registered for the class or students who are teaching assistants. 


Access to contractors is through the CPM Director of Operations, Satellite Facilities.  Other non-employees seeking special permission to access a CPM laboratory must request permission in writing from one of the following individuals: course coordinators for courses that use the laboratory (Human Anatomy, Lower Extremity Anatomy, Microbiology & Immunology, and Cells & Tissues), Division Head of Preclinical Sciences, CPM Senior Associate Dean or CPM Dean.  The request must be submitted at least one (1) week prior to the requested visit.  The request must contain the name(s) of the visitor(s), the day, date, and time of the visit, the name of the CPM escort, purpose for the visit, and the expected duration of the laboratory visit.


All visitors granted permission must sign in at the front desk as a visitor and obtain a visitor’s badge.  They must be escorted to and from the laboratory and the escort (whether student, faculty, or staff) must be with the visitor at all times.  Escorts and guest(s) must follow all protocols (e.g. no eating or drinking in the laboratory, no photography, no removal of any items, etc.) in place for the laboratory they are visiting.


When visiting the anatomy laboratory, visitors are generally restricted to the entry hallway and should not enter the open laboratory space.  If entry into the laboratory space is necessary, permission must be obtained from the coordinator for the course that is ongoing at the time (Human Anatomy during the fall semester, Lower Extremity Anatomy during the spring semester).  If you and your guest(s) stay in the laboratory for any extended period of time, the escort must provide their guest(s) (at their cost) with proper clothing and gloves.


Individuals under the age of 18 are generally not permitted in any CPM laboratory.


In general, individuals visiting CPM laboratories will sign a waiver of liability signifying that they assume all safety, health, and legal liabilities.  Individuals who visit the laboratories as part of a tour of CPM are not required to sign a waiver.  These visitors should enter only far enough to view the laboratory space. They should not touch anything in the laboratory, nor should they approach any laboratory tables that hold laboratory materials (cadavers, petri dishes, etc.).