Re: Microscopes in offices?

Tim Morken at the CDC reports the following outrage:

>>We are designing a new lab building. One of the "standards" that the Office

of Health and Safety has dreamed up is that there is to be no "lab

equipment" in offices. The office area will be completely separated from the

lab area. They include in this mandate a requirement that offices cannot

have microscopes in them. Of course our pathologists are a bit miffed at

this requirement! All pathologists and technologists will have their own

offices in the office area. I was wondering if anyone on Histonet works with

a pathologist who is not allowed have a microscope in his/her office. Are

any pathologists offices with microscopes, or multihead microscope rooms,

required to have non-carpeted floors? <<

Having worked in about fifty mostly small pathology services in the last 20 
years, I have never seen any such constraint on pathology practice. If the 
aim is to turn the pathologist into a technician having no interaction with 
physicians taking care of patients, then this is certainly Good Management. I 
suppose this will be forced on hospital pathologists within a few years. Glad 
I'm near retirement.

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