RE: [Histonet] Formalin storage
We received specimens directly in formalin, large and small. We also had to keep small bottles with formalin so the PA could divide the original specimen into parts for histology.
The empty containers were kept in cabinets in the surgical description area but we never stocked more than those needed for one day.
Larger containers were kept inside a hood in the morgue. We had a strong program for formalin monitoring to assure a safe environment.
There are really not defined regulations and the actual setting is open to the "better judgment" of the inspectors.
Risk assess the transportation of specimens in formalin, determine the risk, decide on the training needed to mitigate the risk, train and monitor. Just because something has a risk does not mean it can’t be carried out; you just need to make sure you reduce the risk as much as humanly possible, train appropriately and monitor regularly.
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