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Funeral Homes/Embalming

Discussion in 'Plumbing Codes' started by McShan, Dec 19, 2017.

  1. McShan

    McShan Bronze Member

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    I was looking at a funeral home and my question is they currently use a urinal and flush the bodily fluids into the public sewer. Is this OK? It seems odd I just want to see if that is allowed. 2012 I codes. I couldn't find anything addressing this, any help would be appreciated. This is my first time with a funeral home.
     
  2. Paul Sweet

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    This is probably a Health Dept. or sewer authority issue, rather than plumbing code.
     
  3. fatboy

    fatboy Administrator

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    I would concur, I would say the sewer purveyor would be your first stop.
     
  4. cda

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    Concur

    Plus might also fall under hazardous waste and disposal there of
     
  5. mark handler

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    We require clearances from the Local Sanitation District and Industrial Waste
     
  6. ADAguy

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    All valid points, are you in city or the country?
     
  7. mark handler

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    I am in a city, contract with county.
     
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    Here under the authority of the Dept. of Environmental Quality liquid medical waste may be discharged into the sanitary sewer.
     
  9. McShan

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    Thanks for all the reply's, Ive found out that they can dispose directly into the sewer system. I would not have guessed they could, seems to me like it would be treated as a hazardous or special waste.
     
  10. Pcinspector1

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    Off point a bit, but a legitimate concern is to keep the embalming fluid out of the public water supply with required back-flow devises.
     
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    Formaldehyde in Drinking-water
    http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/dwq/chemicals/formaldehyde130605.pdf

    Short term exposure
    "Oral doses of 0, 50, 100, or 150 mg/kg of body weight per day in rats and 0, 50, 75, or 100 mg/kg of body weight per day in dogs for 91 days had no effect on haematology, clinical chemistry, urinalysis, or gross microscopic pathology. "
    Long term exposure
    "... rats were given formaldehyde in drinking-water at 0, 10, 50, or 300 mg/kg of body weight per day. At the end of 12 months, rats of both sexes in the high-dose group were observed to have gastric erosions, ulcers, squamous cell hyperplasia, hyperkeratosis, and basal cell hyperplasia. Only one male and one female from the mid-dose group showed hyperkeratosis..."
     

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