We used to do that, but are not allowed to do it anymore. Apparently, the
Formulex produces some
stuff that is nastier than the original formalin, We send to a waste
UCLA / VA Medical Center
On 9/28/07, Schaundra Walton wrote:
> Hi everyone!
> Our lab neutralizes our 10% formalin before dumping it down the
> drain. We use Formalex (American Master Tech) to neutralize and then add
> sodium hydroxide to balance the pH. We had been using residual formaldehyde
> test strips to test the ppm (Market Lab) before dumping, but they have been
> discontinued. We have tried to replace them with EM formaldehyde test
> strips (Fisher Scientific), but we are having trouble getting them to
> work. Anyone else neutralizing their formalin? What are you using and are
> you testing it before dumping it?
> Schaundra Walton BS HTL(ASCP)
> Swedish American Hospital
> 1401 E. State St.
> Rockford, IL 61104
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