From:Kathy Cormier

Hi Tim,

All the responses that I have seen so far are things that I have seen done 
in the Histology labs that I have worked in, and they all seem to improve 
the situation. What we do here (and is WAY more fun) is to order "sticky 
mats", just like they use in animal clean rooms or manufacturing of 
computer  or other sensitive machinery. We get ours through VWR the frame 
is # 21924-832 (about $55.00 and reusable) and the multi layer mats are # 
21924-840 ($136.00, 60 peel away layers, I think 4 mats per case) We use 
roughly a case a year and the layers get peeled about once a week. It's 
like human flypaper, really fun on the unsuspecting....

Kathy Cormier
Histology Necropsy Supervisor
Division of Comparative Medicine

>-----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 embedding.
>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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