RE: [Histonet] disposal of tissue

From:"Horn, Hazel V"

Our disposal company requires us to empty the formalin from all the
containers.   We then collect the formalin and it is also taken away for
disposal.    I'm wondering what neutralizers anyone is using for formalin so
we could dispose of it down the drain??

Hazel Horn, HT/HTL (ASCP)
Histology Supervisor
Arkansas Children's Hospital

Phone - 501.364.4240
Fax - 501.364.3912 

-----Original Message-----
From: Diana McCaig [] 
Sent: Tuesday, November 04, 2003 2:22 PM
Subject: [Histonet] disposal of tissue

How do labs dispose of pathological waste when incineration is not available
on site.  Do you have to empty each individual 90 ml container or will
companies take them away with the fluid still in them?  I realize most
larger containers are drained and the containers recycled but was curious to
see what is done with the smaller containers.  How long are the containers
retained and is this process done by lab staff in the histology department.
Diana McCaig, R.T. 
Charge Tech, Histology
Chatham Kent Health Alliance
519-352-6401 (3347)

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