Chemical Monitoring

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Every pathology department and associated histology laboratory must have a chemical monitoring program.  It may be part of a larger Chemical Hygiene Plan.  Laboratory employees must be kept safe by providing information on dangers, explaining the ways in which employees can protect themselves, and providing annual training to reinforce this information.  This is not just …

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Chemistry 102

PH Scale

Ok. I know the previous Chemistry blog may have traumatized you a bit. But hang in there – we’re almost done. The dyes used in histology are chemical dyes that react in accordance with the basic rules of chemistry.  Whether you are performing a routine hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) stain, or a special stain for …

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Chemistry 101

Xylene Struture

In order to be a competent histologist that has the ability to troubleshoot processing and staining issues in the histology laboratory, you must have a basic understanding of how atoms and molecules bind together and react. Atoms are the smallest building blocks of molecules.  Atoms are composed of a nucleus, which contains protons and neutron, …

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