[Histonet] RE: Disposal of formalin containers

From:"Burrill, Jason"

Hi Allison,

In our lab we dispose of the used 10% neutral buffered formalin in our
designated formalin waste container then place a small amount of water
in the container for a rinse then dispose of the rinse in the formalin
waste container (that significantly reduces the likelihood of
formaldehyde showing up in our waste water when it is tested).  The
formalin containers are subsequently rinsed and used again.  This may
not work for all labs or containers but it works for us.




Jason Burrill

Sr. Manager, Histology and Laboratory Safety

Charles River Laboratories

251 Ballardvale Street

Wilmington, MA 01887

Ph: 781-222-6152

Fax: 978-988-8793


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Message: 24

Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2008 09:52:34 -0500

From: "Scott, Allison D" 

Subject: [Histonet] Disposal of formalin containers

To: histonet@lists.utsouthwestern.edu



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Hello to all in histoland.  Our safety officer inquired If  we had a

procedure for the disposal of our formalin bottles.  The only procedure

that I had was for the waste formalin.  We just throw the bottles in the

trash for disposal.  Does any one do anything special for this type of

disposal.  Your help in this matter will be greatly appreciated.


Allison Scott  HT(ASCP)

Histology Supervisor

LBJ Hospital




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