Re: [Histonet] RE: undersink storage

From:"louise renton"

Dear Bill & Gary

Superb! You have restored my conviction that central controls are not 
necessarily as good as their instigators think they should be!

The scary thing is  that we, in this country,  are not immune to  rules & 
regs like this either, just  a little tardier in setting them up.

Ah well, "Onwards through the fog!" as someone else once said.

Louise Renton
Bone Research Unit
South Africa
Tel & fax +27 11 717 2298
"Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana"

----Original Message Follows----
From: Bill Blank 
CC: "louise renton" 
Subject: [Histonet] RE: undersink storage
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2003 09:18:03 -0600

At 7:43 AM +0000 11/25/03, louise renton wrote:
>Could someone please expand on this?  Obviously I am an ignorant South 
>African, but by "contamination" do you mean leakage of waste water? And if 
>your controls are as strict as I am led to believe (no oozing blood and 
>guts or toxic chemicals  going down the drain) why does this constitute a 
>problem?.  I am afraid that I am missing something simple here.
>Unless, could it be that  there are more crawling infants in histolabs in 
>the USA than I know of :>)!!!!!?


Hi Louise. In the US, the inspection process of hospitals and labs has 
become all about power and control and not about lab reliability or safety.

The people in charge of 'inspecting' must find problems to justify their 
existence. There is much conflict of interest in this process. It is in a 
large part designed by lawyers to feed lawyers and by people who think we 
all have no common sense and must be treated like children.

This year its about sinks; one year it's about using outdated expensive 
reagents that still work; one year it was about carpets in offices in labs, 
another about wearing non-dextrous rubber to prevent needle or scalpel 

One learns to grin and bear it and to pick one's nose when being 
condescended to.

One learns to create appearances and to laugh at the inanities in life.

One sometimes gets po'd and yells at inspectors.



Bill Blank, MD (Celtic studies and numismatics)

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