RE: [Histonet] Re: SLIPPING ON LAB FLOOR
Actually, you should put some kind of warning to this effect in writing and
deliver it to all in the laboratory as well as put a warning to that effect
on the door. This will cover you incase of a resulting law suit.
To: Tim Wheelock; Histonet@lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Sent: 9/1/2005 12:06 PM
Subject: [Histonet] Re: SLIPPING ON LAB FLOOR
She is putting herself at risk for the sake of being a glamourous
professional. Been there, did this in 60's - but with stilettos and
pointy toe styles, and suffered through the "slip sliding away" thing
histology laboratory. It took a near disaster to teach an eyeopening
safety awareness lesson and buying sensible safe shoes. One of the
common accidents in the work place is falling.
She should use practical ( and some are not that ugly!) work related
slip on style, for daily wear in office/lab, and change in a flash when
needs to be the "dressed to the nines" professional for meetings,
You can minimize paraffin debris by putting sticky mats (3M, sold by
vendors) under your paraffin embedding, microtomy and processing areas,
in front of doorways. We put industrial rug/mats in those areas but
clinical labs may have a hard time with cleaning. Our chairs roll over
mats easily, and they can be vacuumed without difficulty.
At 04:55 PM 8/5/2003, you wrote:
>My boss, who wears dress shoes with half-size high heels (the heels
>broad base to them, not the "stiletto" type), has been having problems
>slipping on my laboratory's floor. I am really afraid that she is going
>actually fall and injure herself.
>I myself have no problem in the lab, since the soles of my shoes are
>rubber or plastic polymer. Sneakers work fine as well.
>I manage a neuropathology laboratory which means I use paraffin
>Although, I keep the floor clean, I think that the residual wax near
>embedding and sectioning stations may get spread around the rest of the
>lab by my shoes.
>So far, I have put a "CAUTION" sign up on my laboratory door advising
>people to excercise caution when entering the lab, especially when
>dress shoes, in order to at least increase awareness.
>Perhaps, I should put the laboratory floor on a regular "preventative
>maintenance" schedule of cleaning and waxing to minimize the amount of
>on the floor.
>Then again, maybe I should ask the maintenance people not to put any
>on the floor after they clean it. Perhaps it is this wax that is part
>Has anyone ever had this problem? How did you solve it?
>I would appreciate any advice anyone may have.
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