[Histonet] RE: Tossing old tissues...

Weems, Joyce K. Joyce.Weems <@t> emoryhealthcare.org
Tue Sep 11 09:14:14 CDT 2012

We put everything in double red bags and add packets of Neutralex to equal approximate amount needed. We do empty large containers, but I'm thinking about stopping that as well.

We have Chemclav on site and have no known problems for the past several years. j

Joyce Weems
Pathology Manager
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Subject: [Histonet] Tossing old tissues...

Hello all,

A question came up during our last JCAHO inspection regarding the dumping of old tissues.  Do you just throw out the intact specimen containers with formalin and all into biohazard trash?  Do you drain/collect the formalin for other disposal and just place the drained tissues into the biohazard trash?  If you drain/collect, do you wear a respirator while doing it?

We have always drained and only thrown the tissues into the bio trash and have not used a respirator.  We monitor regularly and always make certain to include this task (along with the making of formalin) when monitoring for exposure and are always way below the acceptable limits.  I don't think we have ever done and STEL just for the dumping of tissues though.

Just wondered what everyone else did.  I would like to stop draining and just dispose of container and all but we pay by the pound for disposal.


Tom McNemar, HT(ASCP)
Histology Co-ordinator
Licking Memorial Health Systems
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