[Histonet] New Lab Monitoring

DKBoyd <@t> chs.net DKBoyd <@t> chs.net
Tue Aug 18 14:54:06 CDT 2009

We monitor for formalin.  We do not use xylene.  We have an outside 
company that comes in to perform air quality and exchanges.  The techs 
wear formaldehyde badges for an 8 hr. period.  The pathologist are 
monitored for 15 mins. while they are grossing.  The technician that dumps 
formalin off tissues to be discarded wears a badge for 15 mins as well. We 
are monitored every year.  I believe this is an OSHA requirement.
If you use xylene you must be monitored as well.

Debbie M. Boyd, HT(ASCP),Chief Histologist, Southside Regional Medical 
200 Medical Park Boulevard, Petersburg, Va.  23805, T: 804-765-5050, F: 
804-765-5582, dkboyd <@t> chs.net

"Knutson, Deanne" <DKnutson <@t> primecare.org> 
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08/18/2009 03:21 PM

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[Histonet] New Lab Monitoring

Fellow Histonetters,

I am interested to hear your process in monitoring a new lab for
formaldehyde, xylene, etc....  We are moving our lab into a different area
of the hospital.  So we will be monitoring for xylene and formaldehyde.
Does anyone monitor for alcohols also?  If all monitors turn out within
acceptable numbers, does the monitor need to be repeated or are we good?
Thank you in advance for your help and I look forward to reading with
interest on how others have completed this.


Deanne Knutson

Anatomic Pathology Supervisor

St. Alexius Medical Center

900 E. Broadway

Bismarck, North Dakota  58506


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