RE: [Histonet] Biohazard Labeling

From:Tom McNemar

I would certainly consider fresh tissue to be biohazard but ours are not
labeled as such.  We only get fresh tissue from surgery and they are always
hand delivered to us immediately after collection so they are only handled
by trained personnel.  We are JCAHO and they have never expressed any

Tom McNemar, HT(ASCP)
Histology Co-ordinator
Licking Memorial Hospital
Newark, Ohio  43055 

-----Original Message-----
From: Laurie Colbert []
Sent: Tuesday, November 15, 2005 3:42 PM
Subject: [Histonet] Biohazard Labeling

Can anyone give me information on the labeling of fresh specimens?  In the
past, I was told by our infection control coordinator that fresh specimens
did not need to be labeled as "Biohazard."  Now, I'm being told they do need
to be labeled.  The new coordinator is getting me more info, but can anyone
guide me to info from OSHA, CAP, JCAHO, etc. that refers to this topic?  

Laurie Colbert
Huntington Memorial Hospital

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