From:"Bartlett, Jeanine"

It may not necessarily the dress shoes.  None of the shoes I wear are
such but one pair tend to slip on the paraffin-coated floors more than
the others.  Also, we often have non-lab personnel enter the lab for a
variety of reasons, for example our secretary.  The new non-slip mats
would probably be a big help. 

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Marshall
Terry Dr,Consultant Histopathologist
Sent: Thursday, September 01, 2005 10:49 AM
To: Tim Wheelock;
Subject: RE: [Histonet] SLIPPING ON LAB FLOOR

Get the silly woman to wear sensible shoes:-) People who skate on thin
ice cannot complain if they fall in.

Dr Terry L Marshall, B.A.(Law), M.B.,Ch.B.,F.R.C.Path  Consultant
Pathologist  Rotherham General Hospital  South Yorkshire  England

-----Original Message-----
From: Tim Wheelock []
Sent: 05 August 2003 23:55
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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