RE: [Histonet] formalin waste disposal

From:"Weems, Joyce"

We have biohazard disposal on site and dispose of small containers in biohazard bags to which Tissue-Tek neutralizer has been added. We pour formalin off large specimens and neutralize with Tissue-Tek neutralizer. This is approved by CA EPA so we think it has to be safe.  

Happy Friday! j:>)

Joyce Weems
Pathology Manager
Saint Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta
404-851-7831 - fax

-----Original Message-----
From: []On Behalf Of patsy ruegg
Sent: Friday, December 09, 2005 11:33 AM
Subject: RE: [Histonet] formalin waste disposal

We always had to pour the formalin into separate disposal containers, then
dispose of the tissue as biohazard.  The tissue was picked up by someone and
the chemical waste by another, they did not combine services.  It has been a
while since I looked into this, perhaps someone has met that service need by

Patsy Ruegg, HT(ASCP)QIHC
12635 Montview Blvd. #216
Aurora, CO 80010
fax 720-859-4110

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of
Sent: Thursday, December 08, 2005 1:52 PM
Subject: [Histonet] formalin waste disposal

Dear Histonetters:

     I am looking for information on any company that  picks up tissue
specimens with formalin still on the specimen for disposal. We  were
reclassified by the EPA and need to make immediate changes in  formalin
alcohol disposal and xylene disposal. Any help would be  appreciated.

Jim Bradford
Orlando Regional Medical Center
Orlando, FL
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