RE: formalin separation from tissues for disposal

From:"Molinari, Betsy"

I have another question to add to this...what do you do with the leftover waste? Do you put it into a biohazard container? No offense, but your safety dept. seems to be adding to the hazard by increasing a possibility of a spill and exposing you to more fumes. We can send our formalin waste with blood but no large  pieces of tissue.

Betsy Molinari HT(ASCP)

Texas Heart Institute



-----Original Message-----
From: Vinnie Della Speranza []
Tuesday, September 10, 2002 8:43 AM
Subject: formalin separation from tissues for disposal


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 the formalin.


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 Services
Medical University of South Carolina
165 Ashley Avenue  Suite 309
Charleston, SC 29425
Ph: 843-792-6353
fax: 843-792-8974

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