Automated Formalin Dispensing System for Biospecimens

The Problem

Formalin has been proven to be carcinogenic and detrimental to human health.  The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies formaldehyde as a human carcinogen (1), and in 2011, the National Toxicology Program named formaldehyde as a known human carcinogen (2).  Additionally, the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established limits for the amount of formaldehyde that workers can be exposed to at their place of work.  Failure to establish effective protocols to limit exposure to formalin could open up organizations to potential lawsuits.

Zero Formalin Exposure

The Solution

UltraSAFE is an innovative technology which allows operators in surgery rooms to handle histology specimens in complete safety, with no exposure to fixative fumes. This results in “Zero Formalin Exposure”. UltraSAFE revolutionizes OR personnel safety by eliminating the risk of formaldehyde exposure. This enables a healthier working environment where employees can complete their daily tasks in a safer manner, without worrying about long-term health effects.

Safe, Automated Formalin Dispensing System

UltraSAFE dispenses formalin based on specimen weight and individual lab guidelines. This is carried out in an enclosed, safe chamber in a standardized and documented manner. As a result, UltraSAFE dramatically reduces the potential for formalin spills as well as reducing operator exposure to formalin fumes.

Why UltraSAFE?

    Fully automated and enclosed operation which prevents exposure to carcinogenic formalin fumes. Utilizes dedicated buckets specifically designed with a one-way, safety valve.
    No longer receive unfilled buckets. Histology will always receive specimens in buckets with the proper fixative ratio. Time to fixation is documented for optimal processing and IHC results.
    Documentation associated to the case with a 2D barcode for complete sample traceability.
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UltraSAFE Buckets

UltraSAFE Buckets

  • Dedicated buckets and lids which are equipped with built-in, one-way valves to prevent operator exposure to carcinogenic formalin fumes
  • Laser engraved, unique bucket ID for full traceability
  • Buckets available in 1, 3 or 5 liter capacities
  • Patent applied for
  1. International Agency for Research on Cancer (June 2004). IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans Volume 88 (2006): Formaldehyde, 2-Butoxyethanol and 1-tert-Butoxypropan-2-ol. Retrieved June 10, 2011, from: http://monographs.iarc.fr/ENG/Monographs/vol88/index.phpExit Disclaimer.
  2. National Toxicology Program (June 2011). Report on Carcinogens, Twelfth Edition. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, National Toxicology Program. Retrieved June 10, 2011, from: http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/roc12.

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