It is the responsibility of the referring clinical/surgical team
to ensure that all specimens are submitted to the laboratory in
suitable and approved containers.
Approved specimen containers have leak-proof lids and the
appropriate hazard warning sign for the fixative eg formalin.
Ensure specimen containers are closed securely and placed inside
a sealed specimen bag.
Specimens received leaking or damaged are a danger to all those
who come into contact with them, including theatre staff, porters
and laboratory staff.
Leakage from a specimen container may seriously compromise the
diagnostic process. If a specimen is deemed unsuitable for safe
processing by the laboratory staff, it will be disposed of and the
requesting clinician informed of the problem as soon as is
(Last updated May 10th 2016)