microtome knife safety

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From:Marylou Pohl <mbpohl@acsu.buffalo.edu>
To:"Histonet@pathology.swmed.edu" <Histonet@pathology.swmed.edu>
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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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