[Histonet] RE: Respirators and Routine Histology

Tom McNemar TMcNemar <@t> lmhealth.org
Fri Jan 6 05:11:42 CST 2012

We have respirators for formaldehyde only.  They are available for use by anyone if they if they want to use one but they are only required in the case of a formalin spill.  We do formalin monitoring at least yearly and sometimes in between.  Employees are fit tested with our respirators on a yearly basis.  Our exhaust is very good and our exposure for an 8 hour period is virtually non-detectable.   We use a ventilated grossing station that is certified yearly.

We have masks with shield available if someone wants to wear one (and we do occasionally but nothing is required for the full shift.

Tom McNemar, HT(ASCP)
Histology Co-ordinator
Licking Memorial Health Systems
(740) 348-4163
(740) 348-4166
tmcnemar <@t> lmhealth.org

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From: histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu [mailto:histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu] On Behalf Of Amy Self
Sent: Thursday, January 05, 2012 3:09 PM
To: 'histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu'
Subject: [Histonet] Respirators and Routine Histology

Happy New Year to All,

I need some help from all of you out there in histoland.

How many of you wear respirators during your entire 8 hour work day for routine histology?  If you don't wear a respirator do you wear any type of mask or shield at all for routine histology?

Also if any of you have any histology safety procedures or information that you would be willing to share with me I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks in advance for all of your help, Amy

Amy Self
Georgetown Hospital System
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