[Histonet] RE: tissue/formalin disposal

From:"Podawiltz, Thomas"

That is exactly how we dispose of our tissue. We decant off the formalin, de-formalize and test it and if it passes rinse down the drain. By the way I had to get NH state approval to do this. The tissue is bagged, boxed and then hauled off for disposal.

Tom Podawiltz, HT (ASCP)
Histology Section Head/Laboratory Safety Officer
603-524-3211 ext: 3220
From: histonet-bounces@lists.utsouthwestern.edu [histonet-bounces@lists.utsouthwestern.edu] On Behalf Of Fidgen, Laura L. [FidgenL@shmc.org]
Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2008 8:23 PM
To: histonet@lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Subject: [Histonet] tissue/formalin disposal

Hi everyone!

Can I get a survey of how higher volume labs (40-50,000 cases per year) dispose of their formalin and tissues?  Are there companies out there that will take both (i.e. the tissues remain in formalin in their containers)?  My safety officers are asking that we strain the tissues from the formalin, neutralize the formalin, replace the tissue to their containers then have our solid waste folks get rid of it.  Once neutralized, our formalin can be disposed in the sink drains.

Any information would be appreciated.

Laura Fidgen, HT(ASCP)cm
Histology Supervisor
Sacred Heart Medical Center
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