RE: formalin exposure

From:"George, Cheryl"

  You really have to follow, at the very least, OSHA's rules on monitoring
(xylene and toluene need to be monitored as well).  I'm at home, so don't
have the regs in front of me, but if memory serves, you must do a 15 min and
an 8 hour testing each year.  If you complete 2 cycles without the exposures
getting above the limits, you don't need to monitor again.  But, the rule
also says that if anything changes (it's not specific), you must re-monitor.
To be safe, what we do is to monitor anyone that has any exposure to these
chemicals twice per year; we do a 15 min monitor in January and the 8 hour
monitor in July.  Good luck!

(P.S. If I've mis-stated or misinterpreted this regulation, anyone feel free
to jump in and correct me!!)


Cheryl George, BS, HT (ASCP)
Anatomic Pathology Supervisor
Elliot Hospital Laboratory
Manchester, NH

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> From: 	Garza-Williams, Sara[]
> Sent: 	Tuesday, January 22, 2002 3:08 PM
> To: 	''
> Subject: 	formalin exposure
> Can someone tell me what are your (hospital) rules regarding fomalin
> exposure testing.  
> I need to know what others are doing for the histology staff, residents,
> pathologists, etc. are you testing annually or just on initial hire?
> Thanks
> in advance for your input!
> Sara A. Williams 
> Anatomic Pathology Supervisor
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