RE: flooring for histopathology lab

From:Tony Henwood

We have installed 3M's Safety-Walk matting (sometimes known as Safe-tique):
"3M™ Safety-Walk™ Medium Profile Cushion Mat 3600, Yellow Beveled Edging on 2 sides, 35 in x 5 ft, 1/cs

Durable, medium profile foamed vinyl mat designed to provide anti-fatigue and anti-slip properties. The open construction allows liquids and small solids to run easily through the mat. Yellow beveled edging on 2 sides, 1 per case.

3  Id : 70-0708-2965-3"

It is quite expensive so we only placed it around the microtomy and embedding areas. The wax shavings get trapped between the ridges of the matt and can be easily vacuumed up at the end of the day. We recommend it

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: Mack, Jacquie []
Sent: Thursday, 20 March 2003 8:38
To: ''
Subject: flooring for histopathology lab

We are in the process of planning for a new lab.  I was wondering what type of flooring other labs are using.  Do you have non-slip flooring? If so, do you encounter any problems cleaning the paraffin off the surface?  Can it be scraped? How are they to clean? Do you have anti-fatigue mats?  We have grossing area, embedding area, special stains, Immunohistochemistry, and a main cutting area to consider.
Any thoughts would be appreciated!

Jacqueline Mack
Tech III Department of Histopathology
Foothills Hospital
Calgary Lab Services
ph (403) 944-1574
fax (403) 270-4093

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