The SEP provides a new dimension to the operating table. Each sturdy extension panel may be attached to any existing FERNO operating table to expand the surface, allowing the embalmer to work on larger bodies. Another key feature of this extension panel is the ability to be used as a splash guard for general washing. The panels can be used on one or both sides of the operating table, providing the embalmer increased flexibility. These features, along with the ability to easily install, remove, clean, and store the SEP, provide the opportunity to customize the table based upon individual needs.