RE: [Histonet] NOW Alcohol / Xylene storage in flammable storage cabinet

From:Rene J Buesa

Legal is one thing as safe is another.
  Some people fill their flammable cabinets to "the gills" not realizing that probably the most frightening scenario in a histology lab is a fire because I still have to see one with a sprinkler system.
  Instead of storing just the needed amounts for 1 or 2 days usually flammables cabinets are filled "up to capacity". There are outthere some regulations about having just 1 days supply, but there are no general standards on the subject.
  I always tried to have just 1 days supply and left the rest in the general store room of the hospital where they could handle any emergency better (they had sprinklers in the store room, we did not).
  Hope this will help you.
  René J.

"Deltour, Douglas D. (HM2)"  wrote:
      This brings up a question! I have recently been wondering how many of you store Alcohol and Xylene in the same flam cabinet? I have been to multiple facilities which have multiple answers. If it is not "legal" then where can I find this in writing? Thanks
  Douglas Deltour HT(ASCP) 
  -----Original Message----- 
From: Rene J Buesa [] 
Sent: Tuesday, May 30, 2006 4:29 PM 
Subject: Re: [Histonet] Hematoxylin & eosin storage in flammable storage cabinet 
  I cannot think of any incompatibility. The alcoholic eosins are neither incompatible with pure ethanol nor with xylene.
    Hematoxylin is not flammable so it would be an "overkill" but as long as you can use the space I do not see why not. 
  Hope this will help you. 
  René J. wrote: 

  Hello all - 
  We are doing some remodeling in our laboratory and losing some storage 
space where we currently store our hematoxylin and eosin. However, we are 
gaining a new flammable storage cabinet. 
  Does anyone know of any incompatibility issues with storing Richard Allan 
Hematoxylin 2, Lerner Eosin-Y (alcoholic), ethyl alcohols (95% and 
absolute), and xylene together in a flammable storage cabinet? 
  Thank you for any thoughts. 
  Barb Moe 
Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center 
La Crosse WI 
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