Here is an excerpt of one of my references. "Formalin should not be mixed with bleach as highly toxic vapors are released in rapid, exothermic reactions." Hazardous Materials in the Histopathology Laboratory Dapson and Dapson, 4th edition Jason Burrill Manager, Histology Charles River Laboratories 251 Ballardvale Street Wilmington, MA 01887 Ph: 978-658-6000 ext 1652 Fax: 978-988-8793 jason.burrill**At_Symbol_Here**crl.com -----Original Message----- From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Debbie Decker Sent: Thursday, July 19, 2007 1:56 PM To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU Subject: [DCHAS-L] formaldehyde and bleach Quick question: Does bleach "inactivate" formaldehyde so that the resultant can go down the drain? Yes yes - I know formaldehyde is a hazardous waste, blah blah, and treatment isn't allowed, yada yada. I have to head off this biologist before she does any more "chemistry." Thanks, Debbie ---------------------- Debbie Decker EH&S UCDavis (530)754-7964 FAX (530)752-4527 dmdecker**At_Symbol_Here**ucdavis.edu Co-Conspirator to Make the World A Better Place -- Visit www.HeroicStories.com and join the conspiracy Birkett's hypothesis: "Any chemical reaction that proceeds smoothly under normal conditions, can proceed violently in the presence of an idiot."
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