RE: [Histonet] Xylene/Formalin Monitoring

From:"Joe Nocito"

If I remember correctly, CAP only requires a survey when a lab first opens
up, there is a major change in the processing or a reading is close to the
OSHA limits.
I, on the other hand, go a little further. Even though my readings for
formaldehyde was 0.17 PPM for 8 hour TWA and Xylene was 3 PPM for 8 hour TWA
were way below OSHA's limits of 0.75 PPM/formaldehyde and 100 PPM/Xylene, I
test twice a year. Maybe a little excessive, but I have techs who are
childbearing ages and I want them to be assured that I'm doing everything
possible to make the environment safe.
	I purchase my badge monitors from Sensors in Cary NC 1-800-499-7232. If you
get a high reading, they will call you and let you know. After, if you want,
they will send an onsite team to perform a more thorough testing.
	Hope this helps

Joe Nocito, BS, HT (ASCP) QIHC
Histology Manager
Pathology Reference Lab
San Antonio, TX

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Annette Hall
Sent: Wednesday, June 23, 2004 2:40 PM
Subject: [Histonet] Xylene/Formalin Monitoring


I'm looking for some help from any clinical histology supervisors out there.
Can you direct me to guidelines for xylene and formalin monitoring? How
often do you monitor your employees and what testing system do you use?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Annette J Hall, MT
Micro/Cyto/Histo Supervisor
United Clinical Labs
205 Bluff Street
Dubuque, IA 52001
Phone: 563.556.2010 x131
Fax: 563.584.2085

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