[Histonet] RE:Formaldehyde

Griffin, Michelle A michelle-griffin <@t> uiowa.edu
Thu Dec 3 12:15:19 CST 2009

Our lab tried the self contained grossing station with filters
(bench-top) and we had troubles with it adequately filtering formalin
fumes (even though the spec sheet stated that was what it was for...from
MOPEC). We ended up installing a fume hood to use for gross prosection,
waste discard, etc. In our situation and experience, the fume hood was
the best way to go, especially when we need to use extra precautions for
tissue fixing/staining/etc. 

Michelle A. Griffin
Research Assistant II
University of Iowa
Department of Pathology
200 Hawkins Drive
143 Medical Research Center
Iowa City, IA 52242

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[mailto:histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu] On Behalf Of Kathy M.
Sent: Thursday, December 03, 2009 11:36 AM
To: histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Subject: [Histonet] FORMALDEHYDE

Good Morning Histo Land, I was just informed that on my last test sample
for formaldehyde vapors was very high.  Right now I have to wear a
respirator while grossing and assisting grossing.  We are looking at why
the Mopec grossing station is not working in fact we have not had really
good results since we put it in.  I'm wondering if anyone else is having
the same problem or know of a better solution.  Our grossing station is
the one that is self contained with filters. Also is anyone using with
good result a formalin substitute? If so which one? 
Thanks and Have a great day,

Kathy Gorham, H.T.
Grande Ronde Hospital
La Grande Oregon

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