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Laboratory Chemicals and Equipment
Mercury-Free Products

Kaiser Permanente, America's largest not-for-profit health maintenance organization, estimates that based on the percentage of mercuric chloride in average volumes of solution, their change to Z-5 and other mercury-free solutions translates to roughly 10 pounds of soluble mercury eliminated in California each year. While all mercury-based waste was collected for recycling and appropriate disposal, eliminating its use ensures that any possibility of release to the environment is removed.
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Alpha-Tec Systems PROTO-Fix Parasitology Fixative
 
Alpha-Tec Systems
360-260-2779
http://www.alphatecsystems.com
 
  • Single vial fixative for concentration, permanent stain, EIA, IFA and PCR procedures
     
  • Contains no mercury, zinc, copper or other heavy metals
     
  • Proto-fix has no controlled hazardous chemicals regulated for disposal or transport
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
AZF Fixative
 
Newcomer Supply
800-383-7799
http://www.newcomersupply.com/home.html
 
  • AZF (Acetic Zinc Formalin) Working Solution is a replacement for B-5 mercury based fixatives.
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
B-Plus Fixative(TM)
 
BBC Biochemical
800-635-4477
http://www.bbcus.com
 
  • Replacement for B-5 fixative, contains formaldehyde and zinc
     
  • B-Plus is designed to fix lymphoid and hematopoietic tissues without the use of mercury
     
  • Contains formaldehyde and zinc. There may be disposal considerations for formaldehyde and zinc. Check applicable regulations for disposal in your hospital

     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
B5 Fixative Modified
 
Newcomer Supply
800-383-7799
http://www.newcomersupply.com/home.html
 
  • B-5 FIXATIVE Modified is a Zinc Chloride-Stock Solution used as an alternative to Mercury Based Fixatives. To use, add Formalin, Acetic Acid or nothing depending on expected results.
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Harris Hematoxylin
 
Anatech Ltd.
800-ANATECH
http://www.anatechltdusa.com
 
  • Hematoxylin stain with alcohol, acetic acid, Al-ammonium sulfate, sodium iodate
     
  • Mercury free
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Histo-Fix
 
Trend Scientific, Inc
(Division of Richard-Allan)
800-522-7270
 
  • Formalin-free fixative; aqueous mixture of pyrrolid-2-one, polyol, urea, and a zinc salt
     
  • Contains no mercury, though zinc may have environmental considerations
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Methyl paraben, Propyl paraben, Thymol
 

 
  • For replacement of thimerisol
     
  • No direct substitutes are available for thimerisol. However the replacement of thimerisol can be effected by knowing the properties of the solution containing thimerisol and matching those properties with a suitable substitute preservative.
     
  • For many solutions, methyl and propyl paraben have been used successfully, as has thymol. Thymol has been used for many years to inhibit microbial growth in stain solutions
     
  • (Ref: Health Care Without Harm, Anatech Ltd.)
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
SAF Fixative
 
Medical Chemical Corporation
(800) 424-9394
http://www.med-chem.com/
 
  • SAF (Sodium Acetate Acetic Acid Formalin) is a Mercury free alternative to PVA for Parasitology. SAF fixative is recommended for permanent staining, concentration, EIA, and ELISA procedures.
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Shandon Zinc Formal-FixxTM
 
Thermo Electron
(Acquired Shandon, Inc)
800-245-6212
http://www.thermo.com/
 
  • Formaldehyde fixative, contains zinc
     
  • There may be disposal considerations when using zinc
     
  • Contains formaldehyde
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Z-5
 
Anatech Ltd.
800-ANATECH
http://www.anatechltdusa.com
 
  • Replacement product for B-5, contains formaldehyde and zinc
     
  • There may be disposal considerations when using zinc
     
  • Contains formaldehyde
     
  • Kaiser Permanente reports that regulations applicable to their facilities require segregation of Z-5 for disposal in the same way as alcohol solutions, but at about 10% of the cost of disposing of mercuric chloride. Check applicable regulations for disposal in your hospital
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Zenkers Fixative Modified
 
Newcomer Supply
800-383-7799
http://www.newcomersupply.com/home.html
 
  • Zenker's Fixative Modified with Zinc Chloride contains no Mercury
     
Product & Manufacturer Comments
Zinc-PVA
parasitology transport vials
 
Medical Chemical Corporation
Carol Santaloci
Account Representative
800-252-1125
http://www.med-chem.com
 
  • Z-PVA mercury free fixative is a replacement for mercuric chloride PVA
     
  • For permanent staining
     

 

 
 
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Web site
Burlington (Massachusetts) Board of Health Website
 
This website describes mercury management and outreach efforts spearheaded by Todd Dresser at the Burlington Board of Health. The site includes educational materials and case studies describing mercury recovery efforts targeting local businesses, residents, and schools. Don't miss the identification guides for where to find mercury in medical offices, households, and common products.

 
http://www.burlington.org/health/Mercury.htm
 
Frequently asked questions about staining, histochemistry, and histotechnology
 
This list of FAQs was compiled by J. A. Kiernan, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada
 
http://publish.uwo.ca/~jkiernan/faqlist.htm#HGALTE
 
 
Note: Information has been provided by the named vendors. The Sustainable Hospitals Project does not endorse any products or take responsibility for the accuracy of the information or for product performance. Contact vendors directly to purchase a product or to obtain more information. This table is a work-in-progress, and feedback may be sent by email to shp@uml.edu or by phone to 978-934-3386.
 

 
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