We put rubber backed area rugs on the main problem areas.  There's still
some slipperiness, but it's much better than before.
Another solution is replacing the tiles with non-slip tiles.  They're
kind of ugly but work very well.  Third option, keep some sneakers in a
drawer for her.  Good luck.

Juan C. Gutierrez, HT(ASCP)
Histology Laboratory Supervisor

My opinions are my own and do not reflect those of my employer.  Long
live free speech!

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Tim
Sent: Tuesday, August 05, 2003 5:55 PM
To: ''
Subject: [Histonet] SLIPPING ON LAB FLOOR

Hi Everyone:

A problem.
My boss, who wears dress shoes with half-size high heels (the heels have

a 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 
to 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 the

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 
wearing 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 
wax on the floor.
Then again, maybe I should ask the maintenance people not to put any wax

on the floor after they clean it. Perhaps it is this wax that is part of

the problem.

Has anyone ever had this problem? How did you solve it?

I would appreciate any advice anyone may have.

Tim Wheelock
Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center
McLean Hospital

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