RE: [Histonet] recycling argument for

From:"Dawson, Glen"


Speaking of formalin...did anyone go through the new HER2 guidlines for breast.  They just re-enforce my belief that it would serve ALL of us best if we could stay with formalin as our fixative and concentrate on things like recycling it rather than on formalin substitutes.  Fixation in anything other than formalin can create issues with so many tests down the line.  If we all used formalin, we could freely send our blocks to each other with less worry from testing variations due to differing fixation.

Just My Opinion,

Glen Dawson  BS, HT & QIHC (ASCP)
IHC Manager
Milwaukee, WI

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Jasper,
Thomas G.
Sent: Friday, February 23, 2007 11:00 AM
To: Madary, Joseph
Subject: RE: [Histonet] recycling argument for

I agree with you Joseph.  We may have to take safety precautions with formalin.  But, at least we know that.  I worry about other reagents (new formalin substitutes) only because we don't and won't know the effects until some time has gone by.  Formalin is easy to neutralize as well.  It's like many other things that must be handled properly.  I understand the idea about limiting exposure by not recycling, but there is a down side as well.  Somebody (environmental services personnel, e.g.)has to handle the formalin you are not recycling, so you've only shifted the exposure.  If you have your financial people (beancounters) perform a cost analysis recyclers generally end up paying for themselves over a set period of time.  This is doubly green, in both an environmental and fiscal sense.
Tom J.

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Madary,
Sent: Friday, February 23, 2007 10:33 AM
Subject: [Histonet] recycling argument for

Seems like a couple of folks are against recycling, but in reality it
does save money, and reduce the stress we place on Earth.  As far as
exposure, it can be minimized if we use proper safety techniques.  I saw
someone said we buy formalin to reduce out exposure, and although I
cannot argue with that, we use it because there are no substitutes out
there that we feel are better than NBF.

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