RE: [Histonet] Paraffin blocks - Dangerous goods?

From:Stacy McLaughlin

Is anyone checking that this requirement is being fulfilled? (CAP, JCAHO,
OSHA, etc...)
I want to make sure the right thing is being done, but I also would like to
know if anyone is watching for that specifically.
Thanks,
Stacy McLaughlin HT (ASCP)
(and Lab Safety Lady)
Cooley Dickinson Hospital
Northampton,MA


-----Original Message-----
From: Bauer, Karen [mailto:Bauer.Karen@mayo.edu] 
Sent: Wednesday, December 01, 2004 12:42 PM
To: 'Richard Cartun'; histonet@lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Subject: RE: [Histonet] Paraffin blocks - Dangerous goods?


Our safety person in the lab has just "trained" us all on the proper
packaging of specimens in the lab based on the new regulations that are out.
Regulations come from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO),
the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the USPS, and the
Department of Transportation (DOT).  Risk groups are ranged from 1 to 4 with
1 being "No to Low Risk" and 4 being "High Risk".  Low risk specimens are
things like diagnostic serum, whole blood, urine, or tissue samples not
known to contain pathogens.  Packaging for these specimens need to have a
primary container (a bio-hazard bag would be fine for tissue blocks, or
maybe the paraffin block itself is the primary container since the tissue is
embedded inside it.  I'll have to check on that...), then a secondary
container (which could be another bio-hazard bag), and then an outer package
that is sturdy.  This could be a cardboard box or one of those insulated
manila envelopes used for fragile items.  We do not need to really worry
about the outer package, since the couriers that pick up our specimens from
the lab have coolers or bio-hazard containers that they put the specimens
into.  This is considered the "outer package".  Our safety person then had
everyone who went through the presentation take a short quiz (for
competency) and gave us a "Certificate" of being trained.  This training
will need to be done every 2 years.  Everyone in the lab is being trained,
since at some point we will all need to know how to ship something out
whether it will be Diagnostic or Infectious Specimens (Risk 1 to Risk 4).

Karen Bauer HT(ASCP
Histology Supervisor
Luther Hospital
Eau Claire, WI

-----Original Message-----
From: Richard Cartun [mailto:Rcartun@harthosp.org]
Sent: Tuesday, November 30, 2004 10:12 AM
To: histonet@lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Subject: [Histonet] Paraffin blocks - Dangerous goods?


I have just been told that paraffin tissue blocks are considered "Dangerous
Goods" and can only be packaged and shipped by individuals who have received
special training.  Would anyone like to comment on this?  Thank you.

Richard
 

Richard W. Cartun, Ph.D.
Director, Immunopathology & Histology
Assistant Director, Anatomic Pathology
Hartford Hospital
80 Seymour Street
Hartford, CT  06102
(860) 545-1596
(860) 545-0174 Fax

_______________________________________________
Histonet mailing list
Histonet@lists.utsouthwestern.edu
http://lists.utsouthwestern.edu/mailman/listinfo/histonet


	********************Confidentiality  Notice********************

This message is intended for the sole use of the individual and entity to
whom it is addressed, and may contain information that is privileged,
confidential and exempt from disclosure under applicable law.  Any
unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution of this email message,
including any attachment, is prohibited.  If you are not the intended
recipient, please advise the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of
the original message.   Thank you.



_______________________________________________
Histonet mailing list
Histonet@lists.utsouthwestern.edu
http://lists.utsouthwestern.edu/mailman/listinfo/histonet
THIS E-MAIL MESSAGE IS INTENDED ONLY FOR THE USE OF THE INDIVIDUAL OR ENTITY
TO WHICH IT IS ADDRESSED AND MAY CONTAIN INFORMATION THAT IS PRIVILEGED,
CONFIDENTIAL AND EXEMPT FROM DISCLOSURE UNDER APPLICABLE LAW. If the reader
of this e-mail message is not the intended recipient, or the employee or
agent responsible for delivering the message to the intended recipient, you
are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this
e-mail message is strictly prohibited. If you have received this e-mail
message in error, please immediately notify Cooley Dickinson Healthcare at
413-582-2000 and delete or shred the original message and all copies
thereof. Thank you.

_______________________________________________
Histonet mailing list
Histonet@lists.utsouthwestern.edu
http://lists.utsouthwestern.edu/mailman/listinfo/histonet


<< Previous Message | Next Message >>