RE: microtome knife safety

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	I have to agree with Terry. The use of cut-resistant gloves would
not be practical, and possibly even introduce an extra hazard in that people
may develope a false sense of security. ( if they even worked that is ) Any
of these gloves I've seen in the past that still allow a modicum of manual
dexterity, have not convinced me of their effectiveness. ( Too much of a
coward to put them to a real  test ). I think education , awareness , care ,
and concentration are the 'golden rules'  ( You can even cut yourself
opening one of those foil containers from the chinese take-away { personal
experience :)  }  Maybe we should adopt the plastic carton idea from the
US/Canada ).
	Alex Brown
	Crosshouse Hospital
	Kilmarnock, Scotland
From: Marylou Pohl
Subject: microtome knife safety
Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2000 6:12AM

We had 2 incidents of employees knicking their finger on a microtome
knife in the past year.  No stitches, just superficial cuts.  One was
experienced and the other a newer employee.  Our safety committee wants
us to investigate use of special gloves to prevent this. They don't
understand how Histology works.  I think this is overkill and feel that
just being more careful will be a step in the right direction.  I also
know there are knife protectors I could look into however what I've seen
limit the space you have to work.

What are your thoughts out there?  What corrective action would you


Marylou Pohl
VAWNYHealthcare System

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