RE: formalin separation from tissues for disposal
I guess the first thing I would ask is: Is
the blood and lipid a danger to anyone? Can we assume these
substances are "disinfected" by the formalin? If that is not enough, then
determine how the formalin disposed of. If it is incinerated, then it would seem
that having blood and lipid in it is a moot issue. If that is still not enough,
I guess you could filter it and disposed of the filtrate with your other
tissues. I wonder, however, it that is even practical since the real concern is
not the blood cells, but the serum the cells are in. The serum proteins
(including any infectious agents) could not be filtered out in any practical
way. Also, that would also necessitate studying the risk of the extra exposure
ofpersonnel to formalin it would entail.
Hopefully this gives you some
I know that this topic has been discussed on the list numerous times
before however we are being faced with a slightly different slant that I would
welcome your input on.
Our Safety dept. has become conerned that our waste formalin contains
blood and lipid that they feel must be separated from the formalin before it
can be carted away.
We currently use a filtering funnel when pouring off the waste formalin
but this won't extract the lipid and blood which are in liquid suspension in
Has anyone else been required to address this issue? I'm hoping someone
can offer a reasonable solution that will satisfy our Safety folks.
Vinnie Della Speranza
Manager for Anatomic Pathology
Medical University of South Carolina
165 Ashley Avenue
Charleston, SC 29425
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