Re: 10% formalin vs. alcoholic-formalin

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From:"sharon oaborn" <>
To:"Weems, Joyce" <>, "Elizabeth Wenig" <>, "Histonet Listserv" <>
Date:Fri, 6 Aug 1999 21:51:03 -0700
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Elephants or snorkels are used widely in industry.  Look at your local
automotive dealers garage and you will probably see them in action.  They
look like huge clothes dryer vent hoses protruding from the ceiling or a
special railing with a fan contraption at the open end(kinda like an
elephant snout or a giant snail)  Or, a cheerleaders bullhorn complete with
handle.  They are attached to a huge circulating blower fan machine (noisy
critters) and pull air into them (negative pressure which is GOOD for us in
the lab)..  Ours are bright red with black strips--VERY industrial!.  We
really do not need them since we have adjusted the HVAC properly and been
measured by Environmental Analysis, Inc. but the techs feel 'safer' having
them on.  So, to each his long as the work is high quality and on
time...sharon osborn. "grins"
-----Original Message-----
From: Weems, Joyce <>
To: 'sharon oaborn' <>; Elizabeth Wenig
<>; Histonet Listserv <>
Date: Tuesday, July 20, 1999 6:46 AM
Subject: RE: 10% formalin vs. alcoholic-formalin

>Tell us about "elephants " or "snorkels". Thanks! j
>Joyce Weems
>Pathology Manager
>Saint Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta
> -----Original Message-----
> From: sharon oaborn []
> Sent: Tuesday, July 20, 1999 12:13 AM
> To: Elizabeth Wenig; Histonet Listserv
> Subject: Re: 10% formalin vs. alcoholic-formalin
> Elizabeth, some people prefer to avoid handling the formaledhyde and
> may be given as a reason to purchase it commercially.  However,
> does make it to go into the containers to be purchased.  It is still
> probably less expensive to do it yourself and it is EASY.  We
> installed all three B/R recyclers for xylenes, alcohols and
>formalin.  Now
> we have plenty of 95% alcohol so we make our own alcoholic formalin.
> the protective glasses, gloves and lab coats and work in a hood or
> properly vented space.  Some labs are beginning to use "elephants"
> "Snorkels" to directly pull the fumes away.
> sharon osborn, BLOC-WERX
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Elizabeth Wenig <>
> To: Histonet Listserv <>
> Date: Thursday, July 15, 1999 5:42 PM
> Subject: 10% formalin vs. alcoholic-formalin
> >
> >Can I please have some pros and cons concerning the use of
> >comercialized, pre-made 10% formalin verses a scratch measured
> >of 37% formaldahyde, absolute alcohol and h2o? I have a few of my
> >but need some more!
> >
> >Thanks for your input!
> >Elizabeth
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