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Fwd: DISASTER BAGS



Anyone out there well-versed in the healthcare/crematorium field?  I had
the following question come to me via an air inspector and would like to
know if anyone knows of alternative body bags. Please read the
attached...

Tammy L. Allen
Senior Environmental Specialist
Pinellas County Environmental Management
512 S. Ft. Harrison Ave.
Clearwater, FL  33763

(727) 464-4761
Fax (727) 464-3174

e-mail: tallen@co.pinellas.fl.us

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I HAVE FOUND THAT A CREMATORY IS INCINERATING BODIES FOR IN WHAT THEY
TERM AS A DISASTER BAG.  THESE BAGS CONSIST OF HCL,CO2 AND CO.  THE HCL
IS A DEFINATE NO NO.  I WAS TOLD THAT THESE BAGS ARE USED BY THE FIRE,
POLICE, COUNTY ETC, AND MANY DIFFERENT VENDORS.  THE BODIES HEAVY OR
BADLY DECOMPOSED CANT BE PUT INTO THE TYPICAL BODY BAG.  THE BODY
HANDLERS ARE THUS USING THESE 28 ML HERCULITE VINYL PLASTIC BAGS.  DO
YOU KNOW OF A SOURCE FOR HEAVY DUTY BAGS WHICH COULD MEET THEIR NEED AND
NOT BE CHLORINATED PLASTICS, OR SOME OTHER HAZARDOUS POLLUTANT WHICH CAN
NOT BE BURNED.  WE ARE AT THIS TIME TELLING THE CREMATORY INVOLVED TO
PROVE THAT THE BAGS THEY USE MEET THE PERMIT REQUIREMENT FOR .5% OR LESS
OF CHLORINATED PLASTICS IN THE CONTAINERS THEY BURN, WHICH CAN BE NO
LESS THEN 3 ML. 

IT APPEARS AT THIS TIME, THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO NOTIFY ALL THE
COUNTY CREMATORIES OF THIS PROBLEM, AND POSSIBLY INFORM OTHER DISTRICTS
ETC.  IT WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE A POSSIBLE ALTERNATIVE, TO OFFER, AT THE
SAME TIME.  

IF YOU NEED MORE INFO, GIVE ME A CALL, THANKS

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