RE: Fires in Histology Laboratories
Years ago, in the days of scary lab practises such as doing cut-up without
gloves, I managed to singe off my eyebrows and nose hairs in an unexpected
fire. This I acchieved by flaming some Ziehl Neelsen slides with a wodge of
cotton wool soaked in alcohol and held beneath the slides with forceps.
Unbeknownst to me, some acetone had spilled into the sink and the fumes
ignited with a whoosh when the flame was lit. I had a bad smell in my nose
for weeks. This of course, would not happen today(?) as laboratory
discipline and safety controls are much greater, and sadly open bunsen
flames are no more.
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>From: Andrew Shand
>Subject: RE: Fires in Histology Laboratories
>Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2003 08:15:33 +0100
>Some years ago a British lab had an explosion. It was caused by ether being
>ignited in a fridge. Unfortunately I cannot remember any details.
>out there in histoland will I'm sure.
>From: Tom Wells [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
>Sent: 28 March 2003 17:16
>Subject: Fires in Histology Laboratories
>Is anyone aware of a significant fire occurring in a Histology laboratory?
>am looking at safety in histology labs and specifically fire prevention.
>Lions Gate Hospital
>North Vancouver, BC, Canada.
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