RE: PG in lab

From:"Horn, Hazel V" <>

Hi Kathy,
We use the XS xylene substitute from StatLab for our staining and
coverslipping.   We use "real" xylene only on our tissue processor.
My pathologist was concerned about this same issue.   For us, it is 
not a problem as we do not use any xylene except in our enclosed tissue

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Kathy Gorham []
> Sent:	Tuesday, February 06, 2001 8:02 PM
> To:
> Subject:	PG in lab
> Good morning fellow histotechs,
> Another few questions from Eastern Oregon.  Do you have a protocol for
> pregnant histotechs? ? ?  Are they allowed to continue to work as usual?
> The lab manager just presented me with an article that xylene is a risk to
> the unborn child.  (like I don't know how dangerous our chemicals are) And
> wants me to investigate replacements for  xylene.  I tried several
> substitutes years ago and went back to xylene.   Do you use a xylene
> substitute?  Which one?  How do you handle the concern for the techs who
> are in their child bearing years if you use xylene?   Thanks for your
> expertise once again.
> Kathy Gorham, H.T.
> Grande Ronde Hospital
> Ls Grande, Oregon

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