RE: Formalin Neutralizers
We use neutralex. It's the only one that's OK to use in California (I
understand). Sure makes more sence than burning 96% water! I'm not clear as
to what you do w/ the formalin? The packets are pre-measured, and the
reaction takes 15 minutes. Yes you do have to check to see that what you're
throwing down the drain. I think it's a good idea.
Bruce (I am not a rep)Gapinski
From: Timothy R. Wheelock [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, February 11, 2003 1:19 PM
To: HistoNet Server
Subject: Formalin Neutralizers
Our method of formalin disposal works well. We have one 20L cube of
fresh 10%NBF on the left side of the fume hood, and a waste cube on the
When the waste cube is full, we transport it to a waste solvent storage
Apparently, it costs more money to handle the cubitainers than it does
4 Liter bottles, so someone suggested neutralizing the Formalin, and
dumping it down the drain.
I am uncomfortable with this for several reasons.
Our present system works perfectly for us; the NBF is always contained
or under the hood.
The neutralizer--and the formalin indicator strips- would cost us money.
It would introduce dry granular powder, a possible safety hazard.
More steps to carry out, such as weighing, testing for residual formalin
The suggested neutralizer is Harleco Form-X: Formalin Neutralizer.
Could people give me their experience with this or any other form of
What problems have you encountered?
How do you handle the neutralizer?
Is there a better way?
Thanks for your time,
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