RE: anti-skid strategies

From:Tony Henwood

We have had the same problem in our lab and the best solution we have found was to install 3M's Saf-tique matting. Check their web site for a picture and description:
3M™ Safety-Walk™ Medium Profile Cushion Mat 3600, Yellow Beveled Edging on 2 sides, 35 in x 5 ft, 1/cs
3M Id : 70-0708-2965-3
The wax shavings collect in the large spaces in the mat and are the vacuumed up at the end of the day. A very small proprtion of wax is then available for collecting on soles of shoes.
Tony Henwood JP, BappSc, GradDipSysAnalys, CT(ASC)
Laboratory Manager
The Children's Hospital at  Westmead,
Locked Bag 4001, Westmead, 2145, AUSTRALIA.
Tel: (02) 9845 3306
Fax: (02) 9845 3318

-----Original Message-----
From: lam-helen []
Sent: Tuesday, 25 February 2003 4:01
Subject: anti-skid strategies

Dear histonetters.  I wonder if anyone could share with me the way they deal with slippery floors in the paraffin sectioning area.  The story is like this.  Somebody from another lab entered our paraffin sectioning room (waxed vinyl flooring) in a pair of leather shoes.  She slipped.  We are not sure how it happened because none of us was there.  Was the accident caused by a little bit of spilt water on the floor, high heel leahter shoes or what?  The safety officer of our department got the report and wanted to prevent such things from happening again.   He believed that the slippery floor was caused by wax trimmings that had fallen off the bench-top onto the the floor.  In fact, long time age there was an article in a British journal supporting this view.  (The solution in the article, as far as I can remember vaguely, is the replacement of vinyl with textile type of flooring, but maintenance could be a problem).  He also worried that tiny bits of wax trimmings could be carried on our lab coats to other places in the department.  Our department wanted us to submit some suggestions within 2 months to prevent similar accidents.   So, what do you think?  In the meantime, we try to keep the floor dry at all times, clean the bench of wax trimmings  2-3 times during and after sectioning, and put up warning signs around our 'slippery sectioning area'.  However, our department wants further suggestions and they may be willing to pay for a change of the flooring.  But of course, we don't want to make dumb suggestions that waste money before the cause of the accident is clear. Any of your suggestions would be a great help to us.   Recommendations from specialist in laboratory deisgn and flooring are also welcome.  Thanks in advance.
Helen Lam
Hong Kong

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