[Histonet] 10% formaldehyde??

Breeden, Sara sbreeden <@t> nmda.nmsu.edu
Thu Dec 13 14:42:51 CST 2007

Our receiving person just went to a shipping/receiving hazardous
materials workshop where she was told that neither 10% FORMALIN nor 10%
FORMALDEHYDE are considered "dangerous goods".  What the heck? This will
probably end up being my forehead-slapper of the day, but aren't we
talking two different animals here? Our specimens come (well, usually)
in 10%NBF (and sometimes Jack Daniels, I swear!) but is the statement
that was made in the class assuming that "formaldehyde" and "formalin"
are the same thing? Mind you, I was not in this class, but I have seen
their notebook and one of the pages says "10% formaldehyde is not
subject to the requirements as Division 6.2 material." I don't consider
formaldehyde/formalin to be non-dangerous... It's okay for me to be
confused, but not on a Thursday, so I need help. And I don't do the
receiving, so I'm not up on all the shipping requirements.  Thank you


Sally Breeden, HT(ASCP)

NM Dept. of Agriculture

Veterinary Diagnostic Services

PO Box 4700

Albuquerque, NM  87106



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