RE: [Histonet] Storage question

From:"Laurie Colbert"

We are required to label all containers.  I'm sure OSHA and CAP would also require this.  We order pre-filled formalin containers, so those are already appropriately labeled.  We do not fill very large containers for colons, placentas, etc.  Surgery and L&D have empty containers for those specimens and send them to us fresh.  Then we add formalin in Pathology and put a label on the container.

Laurie Colbert

-----Original Message-----
From: Peterson, Dan []
Sent: Wednesday, May 03, 2006 10:43 AM
Subject: [Histonet] Storage question

We've recently been cited by our on-site safety committee for not having
ALL of our specimen containers labeled as containing formalin. Anything
we send out from the lab to outside accounts, all have a warning label.
However, the specimens we collect in-house are placed into plastic
containers and filled appropriately with formalin. We're talking 40-50 a
day. Our staff are the only people to handle the containers from fill to
disposal. I'm just curious as to how other labs are handling this. I
would like to place the HCS label on the outside of the cabinets where
the tissue is stored. We have formaldehyde warning placards on every
door entering the lab. It just seems like a waste of time and money (for
labels) for an unwarranted worry that someone can get into somewhere
they don't belong and mess with something they have no idea of what they
are messing with.

Daniel R Peterson HT(ASCP)
Histopathology Section Head
General Medical Laboratories

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