Re: Biohazard Chemicals regulations

From:Amy Porter <>

Maria - we have an excellent office of radiation,
chemical & biological safety office (ORCBS) here on
the campus of Michigan State University.  If you
access and do a search for ORCBS you might
find some help in the area that you are looking. We
defer to them on a regular basis for these types of
--- "Rivera, Maria L. (Tallahassee)"
<> wrote:
> Hello, me again. To those of you that suggested I
> turn to the State Agency,
> I AM the State Agency, I am asking if these
> regulations or policies are
> specific to a certain regulation and What that
> regulation is. Yes I have the
> OSHA regulations (Standards-29 CFR) .  
> Every hospital has it's own policy regarding
> chemical waste DISPOSAL and I
> was wondering if that is because they use different
> chemicals?  I know that
> Silver Nitrate "sticks" to the drain pipes, why? 
> Does everybody use  "Red
> Waste Disposal  Cans"  to "dispose" of this waste
> and have it carried out?
> What is "Waste Disposal?" Or do you put it down the
> drain because the amount
> is so small it is insignificant? I also know that
> there are certain stains
> that contain carcinogens, what are those stains? I
> know that most histology
> labs wash the glassware with Bleach, what
> precautions do you use when you
> have ammonia in the glassware? Dump the solution?
> Where? If your institution
> allows you to dump down the drain, does the
> institution have a "holding
> tank"??
> What about tissue that falls in the sink? Do you
> have a "Garbage Disposal"
> and does that ( the tissue) then go into the
> community sewer system. What
> about left over Cytology specimens , are they tossed
> in the sink? Do you
> decontaminate them first, if so with what? Bleach?
> Although I have the "rules" I want to know how they
> are "applied" and which
> "rule do you use for this application.
> One more thing, if you "chunk" out a "frozen" do you
> fish it out and put it
> back on the chuck? How do you know it is the same
> piece? What if another
> tech is assigned to "fish it out" and replace it,
> how would that tech "know"
> where that tissue came from and is the Pathologist
> informed?  What are those
> regulations or policies? Who make those rules?
> Have many more questions. HELP.
> I need  HELP  with  a "whodunit" and WHY.

Amy S.Porter, HT(ASCP)
Michigan State University
College of Human Medicine

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