RE: flooring for histopathology lab

HI Andy,

I've checked with our on-site cleaning people. Apparantly they were
thinking of using an enzyme to lift the paraffin wax, but decided to try a
steam cleaner first. And this did the trick. I've worked here for nearly 7
years and the buffers and pads used previously made little difference, but
the steam cleaner has really done the trick.



                      Andrew Shand                                                                                                                   
                                                             Subject: RE: flooring for histopathology lab                                            
                      14/04/2003 16:39                                                                                                               

"On-site cleaners have a regime that uses an enzyme to remove wax"

Tell us more please.  Anything that removes wax is worth a look. Assuming
you mean paraffin wax.

Andy Shand

-----Original Message-----
Sent: 14 April 2003 16:02
To: Cindy Deriso; LINDA MARGRAF MD;
Subject: RE: flooring for histopathology lab

Hi Cindy,

I forward you Tony's recent message. We are also refurbishing our lab and
will probably go for a non-slip flooring. I'll send you details but it is
basically a resin coating with small glass beads added that makes the floor
rough enough to be non-slip. Our on-site cleaners have a regime that uses
an enzyme to remove wax.


----- Forwarded by Stephen Eyres/GB-ALNWICK/RESEARCH/SANOFI on 14/04/2003
15:57 -----

                      Tony Henwood



                      19/03/2003 22:11         Subject: RE: flooring for
histopathology lab

We have installed 3M's Safety-Walk matting (sometimes known as Safe-tique):

"3M?  Safety-Walk? Medium Profile Cushion Mat 3600, Yellow Beveled Edging
on 2 sides,  35 in x 5 ft, 1/cs

Durable, medium profile foamed vinyl mat designed to provide anti-fatigue
and anti-slip properties. The open construction allows  liquids and small
solids to run easily through the mat. Yellow beveled edging on  2 sides, 1
per case.

3 Id :  70-0708-2965-3"

It is quite expensive so we  only placed it around the microtomy and
embedding areas. The wax shavings get trapped between the ridges of the
matt and can be easily vacuumed up at  the end of the day. We recommend it

Tony Henwood JP, BAppSc,  GradDipSysAnalys, CT(ASC)
Laboratory Manager
The Children's Hospital at  Westmead,
Locked Bag 4001, Westmead, 2145, AUSTRALIA.
Tel: (02)  9845 3306
Fax: (02) 9845 3318

-----Original Message-----
From: Mack, Jacquie  []
Sent: Thursday, 20 March 2003   8:38
To: ''
Subject: flooring  for histopathology lab

We are in the process of  planning for a new lab.  I was wondering what
type of flooring other  labs are using.  Do you have non-slip flooring? If
so, do you   encounter any problems cleaning the paraffin off the surface?
Can it be scraped? How are they to clean? Do you have  anti-fatigue mats?
We have grossing area, embedding area, special   stains,
Immunohistochemistry, and a main cutting area to  consider.

Any thoughts would be  appreciated!


Jacqueline Mack
Tech III Department of Histopathology
Foothills Hospital
Calgary Lab Services
ph (403)  944-1574
fax (403) 270-4093

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