RE: [Histonet] Wearing gloves while cutting sections

From:"Jasper, Thomas G."

Hey Allison,

It sounds like your safety committee members thought they could cite you based on a policy that is in place.  If that is indeed the case, I would take that policy and put an addendum onto it.  You would need only write a couple of sentences or a paragraph to note the exemption from gloving that exists for histotechs when cutting sections.
In your policy manual you would just insert the addendum after the main body of information for that policy.  You could then make a note on a revision page referencing the addendum, date and initial it.  I would think that your pathologists or lab director would be supportive of such a move as it is direct and uncomplicated.
I personally favor keeping bureaucracy to a minimum when possible.  I think this solution is preferrable to writing a whole new policy based on a minor issue which is standard and acceptable practice in clinical AP settings to my knowledge.
Good luck, hope this helps.
Thomas Jasper
AP Supervisor
Duluth, MN

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Scott,
Allison D
Sent: Thursday, August 24, 2006 2:07 PM
Subject: [Histonet] Wearing gloves while cutting sections

While I was on vaction, the safety committee came around and did rounds in the lab.  They sited us for not wearing gloves while cutting sections.  My techs tried to explain to them that we did not have to wear gloves, only when cutting frozen sections or while handling fresh tissue. I have never worn gloves while cutting paraffin sections.  Now my manager wants me to write a policy in regards to not wearing gloves.  Does anyone have anything like this in place that they would be willing to share with me.  Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Allison Scott HT(ASCP)
Histology Supervisor
LBJ Hospital
Houston, Texas 77026

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