RE: Formalin Neutralization Pads Source

From:Mike Konopka

Barbara, we have used FAN PADS for many years, we perform the specimen 'cut up' on them, then dispose of them in the normal garbage bins. No problems.

Michael Konopka
Laboratory Manager
Skin & Cancer Foundation Australia 
Phone:+61 2 8353 3080

-----Original Message-----
From: Barbara Stancel []
Sent: Wednesday, 18 December 2002 7:46 AM
Subject: Formalin Neutralization Pads Source

Fellow Histonetters and histology supply companies/representatives,

We may be in the market to purchase a large quantity of formalin 
neutralization pads (probably thousands and thousands) to be used at our 
customer sites. These customers are supplied with pathology kits containing 
two jars of 10% NBF. Our agency is looking into supplying them with 
something to absorb AND deodorize small formalin spills. Hopefully the pads 
can then be tossed into normal solid waste recepticles (trashcans).

Histonetters, what companies have you used? Do the pads really work? Can 
they be tossed into the trash can? Which ones do you use and like?

I am looking for sources for Formalin Neutralization Pads. I have found the 
following US companies which supply these type of pads:

American Bio-Safety, Inc. (FAN Pad GL)
Pacific Lab Equipment Inc. (FAN Pad GL)
American Master Tech Scientific (FAN Pad GL)
Sakura Tissue-Tek (Neutra-Pads)
Microscopy Mart (Tissue-Tek Neutra-Pads)
Surgipath (D-Formalize Pads)

Are there any other companies which manufacture, produce or sell formalin 
neutralization pads?

All replies and suggestions gratefully accepted and acknowledged.

Histologically yours,

Barbara H. Stancel, HTL(ASCP)HT
USDA, FSIS, OPHS, Eastern Laboratory, Pathology
RRC, 950 College Station Road
Athens, Georgia  30604
phone: (706) 546-3556
fax: (706) 546-3589

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