RE: [Histonet] Disposal of specimens/formalin

From:"Weems, Joyce"

We discard our smaller containers this way, but add formalin neutralizer to the bag. For the larger containers we separate the tissue from the formalin and then neutralize the formalin. We have on site disposal. 


-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Vicki
Sent: Friday, March 31, 2006 8:49 AM
Subject: [Histonet] Disposal of specimens/formalin

We have been recently informed that our method of disposal for our
formalin filled containers will have to be changed.  Currently we
dispose of the filled containers (specimens and formalin) in double red
biohazard bags which are then put in hardfiber boxes.  I would be very
interested in how other institutions are handling their waste disposal. 
Is anyone separating the formalin from the tissues in the containers
prior to discard and if so, what type of procedure are they following to
accomplish this?  Any help would be greatly appreciated since we will
have to implement some plan sooner rather than later.
Thank you,

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