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Safety, Storage and Disposal

The safety, storage and disposal of preserved specimens is a vital part of dealing with these important education tools. The information below may help simplify the processes and maximize the use of your preserved specimens.

  • Fisher Science Education's specimens meet or exceed OSHA formaldehyde standards of less than 0.75ppm for eight hours of exposure in a typically ventilated lab
  • Refrigeration is not necessary, but extreme temperatures (low and high) should be avoided
  • Keep vac-packs sealed until needed, then store specimens in Fisher Science Education Bio-Fresh™ holding solution for reuse
  • Disposal is simple — treat specimens and liquids like any other solid and liquid waste
  • Always follow your area's guidelines for disposal, dumping or incineration

Packaging and Labeling

  • Most specimens are available in your choice of pails or vacuum-sealed plastic bags. Some smaller specimens come in jars, where indicated.

Bio-Fresh Pails

  • Filled with Fisher Science Education Bio-Fresh preservative for safe shipping and easy storage of specimens
  • Ideal for specimens intended for reuse
  • Contents, lot numbers and production dates are printed on every label
  • Due to the weight of the liquid, special shipping charges apply


  • Good solution for customers who already have storage methods (pails, plastic bags, etc.)
  • Individually packaged specimens are very convenient and easy to distribute to students
  • Smaller specimens, such as grasshoppers and sheep eyes, come in packs of 10 to reduce waste
  • Heat-sealed with three layers of impermeable plastic and stamped with a production date and lot number