RE: [Histonet] Food and drink? Faecal fats and the milkshake maker

From:"Tony Henwood"

While on the topic of food and drink and using cooking utensils in the lab how about this:

A Milkshake blender was used for many years to homogenise faecal fat samples.
Since everyone hated the test, it was discarded a few years back. The blender was cleaned (we think) and placed in the storeroom where all old equipment goes to die.

A few years later our trainees were quite vociferous and excited in the tea room. To my shock (and queasy stomach) they were making everyone milkshakes using the same blender!!

My dilemma - what do I say or do (running away and seeking a career change was quite attractive at that time)?


Tony Henwood JP, MSc, BAppSc, GradDipSysAnalys, CT(ASC)
Laboratory Manager & Senior Scientist
The Children's Hospital at Westmead,
Locked Bag 4001, Westmead, 2145, AUSTRALIA.
Tel: 612 9845 3306
Fax: 612 9845 3318

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Marshall Terry Dr,Consultant Histopathologist
Sent: Saturday, 16 February 2008 3:28 AM
To: Rene J Buesa;;
Subject: RE: [Histonet] Food and drink?

Well, spoke too soon in my last post!
That strikes me as overkill. We don't have that rule in the UK (AFAIK)
It's also interesting inasmuch as when I wore contacts, up until a couple of years ago when I got dry eyes, I had no problem with peeling/cutting onions. Now they irritate my eyes and make them water like hell. (Odd that dry eyes water isn't it?) This suggests that they actually protect the eyes from fumes. Anyone else had this experience? Have a good weekend all.


From: Rene J Buesa [] 
Sent: 15 February 2008 14:50
To: Marshall Terry Dr, Consultant Histopathologist;;
Subject: RE: [Histonet] Food and drink?

Tell that to those writing the regulations. The rationale being that fumes could be trapped between the cornea and the contact lens causing irritations and potentially damaging the cornea. René J.

"Marshall Terry Dr, Consultant Histopathologist"  wrote:

	Using contact lenses forbidden!!!
	You can't be serious.
	-----Original Message-----
	From: [] On Behalf Of Rene J Buesa
	Sent: 15 February 2008 13:18
	Subject: Re: [Histonet] Food and drink?
	For your information: smoking, drinking and eating, applying cosmetics, or even using contact lens are ABSOLUTELY prohibited in a medical histology laboratory setting.
	Should I imply by your question that you do not work in a medical lab. setting? Some universities and animal labs have been able to get away with ignoring those regulations up to now, but not any medical lab. that even have to have designated lounge areas.
	René J. wrote:
	Dare I ask this question,
	Does anyone use closed topped and safety mugs at their microtome station when cutting slides...etc.? Would cutting paraffin blocks constitute Blood Borne Pathogen concerns? I fully understand not eating while paraffin is flying all over the place......but closed containers with coffee for those of us who work sleep deprived hours? Someone save us!
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