RE: Biohazard Waste Disposal
Lisa wrote: ""I thought of recycling, but we don't have the space, personel
or the money to purchase the equipment."
Space may be a problem (though many recyclers are very small), but personnel
is not much of a problem for recycling (it takes very little time). Money is
no problem at all, unless your lab manager really likes wasting money. A
recycler can pay for itself in a year or so. After that you save huge
amounts of money. If you show the cost savings (both in purchase and
disposal, which will be calculated for you by any of the recycling
companies)to your bean counters they will only ask how soon you can get one
From: Walzer Susan [mailto:Susan.Walzer@HCAHealthcare.com]
Sent: Thursday, December 05, 2002 12:27 PM
To: 'Lisa Jackson'; firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: RE: Biohazard Waste Disposal
We neutalize formalin then dump it down the drain with CAW (copious amounts
of water) Alcohol is flushed with CAW and xylene is put in a holding barrel
and picked up by a contracted waste disposal co.
From: Lisa Jackson [mailto:JACKLC@samcstl.org]
Sent: Wednesday, December 04, 2002 4:08 PM
Subject: Biohazard Waste Disposal
Is there a histology lab in histoland that has a policy for handling and
disposal of used Xylene, Clear Rite, Alcohol, Flex and formalin from the
stainer and the tissue processor?
We are currently using a waste service to empty our 30 gal drums
[stored in a flam cabinet] once per month. I thought of recycling, but
we don't have the space, personel or the money to purchase the
Lisa C. Jackson, BS,HT(ASCP)
St. Anthony's Medical Center
10010 Kennerly Rd.
St. Louis,Mo. 63128
314-525-1533 fax# 314 525-4354
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