[Histonet] formalin managment--what about recycling?

DKBoyd <@t> chs.net DKBoyd <@t> chs.net
Fri Jan 13 12:49:05 CST 2012

Ditto Renee!

Debbie M. Boyd, HT(ASCP) l Chief Histologist l Southside Regional Medical 
Center I 
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Rene J Buesa <rjbuesa <@t> yahoo.com> 
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01/13/2012 12:56 PM

"histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu" <histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu>, 
Cheryl <tkngflght <@t> yahoo.com>

Re: [Histonet] formalin managment--what about recycling?

I am absolutely opposed to formalin recycling because the least you are 
exposed to formalin, the better.
When you buy specimen containers prefilled with formalin, your exposure is 
If after that you start collecting the used formalin into larger 
containers and recycle it your exposure increases ddramatically.
The worst case scenario is recycling by distillation when, after the 
formalin is recycled, you have to check the pH and add the salts to 
neutralize it.
Any recycling method used involves that you will have to keep dealing with 
it while filling the specimen containers.
If there was a "stingy" histology manager that was me, BUT I never traded 
a few dollars savings for my staff safety.
There is no savings that can compensate for the dangerous exposure to 
Use it the least, in the least amounts possible (2:1 is enough), in very 
well ventilated areas and pay somebody to take it away.
That is how I feel about it.
René J.

--- On Fri, 1/13/12, Cheryl <tkngflght <@t> yahoo.com> wrote:

From: Cheryl <tkngflght <@t> yahoo.com>
Subject: [Histonet] formalin managment--what about recycling?
To: "histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu" 
<histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu>
Date: Friday, January 13, 2012, 12:29 PM

Now I'm curious.  We all struggle with what is okay to go down the drain 
vs. what we're willing to put down the drain (I don't like dumping xylene 
substitues even when my water district says I can-- I like fish that swim 
right-side up! )
Can someone comment on the recycling programs out there for formalin and 
the costs vs. commercial waste haulers?  Is the end product worth the 

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