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From:"Sebree Linda A." <> (by way of histonet)
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Hi "New Guy"

We are not allowed open flames; wear nitrile gloves over Scepter cut
resistant gloves for frozen microtomy and recently started wearing gloves
for paraffin microtomy; and wear nitrile gloves for coverslipping.

If your institution has a safety committee/department, maybe you can enlist
their help in getting your colleagues to comply with these very reasonable
laboratory practices.  Do not stoop to their level of stupidity!

Good Luck,

Linda Sebree, HT
University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics
Department of Laboratory Medicine
IHC/ISH Laboratory
600 Highland Ave.
Madison, WI  53792-2472

Phone:  (608)265-6596
FAX:  (608)263-1568

> -----Original Message-----
> From: []
> Sent:	Monday, November 09, 1998 4:52 PM
> To:
> Histology comrades,
> 	I am "the new guy" to the lab and am concerned about the
> following possible safety issues...
> -Open flame. (bunsen burner)  I personally haven't used an open flame for
> embedding since       1984...  If find several forceps in the heated
> wells quite adequate.  We've already had one          flaming garbage can
> (that was hidden from the lab manager) and singed log sheets...
> -Glove-less frozen sections - Currently one other tech (also new) and
> myself are the only ones    to use gloves while cutting a frozen section.
>  The other 5 techs use their bare-naked hands.
> -Glove-less coverslipping - Again the new tech and myself are the only
> ones to use gloves.
> Don't want to be a "tattle-tale" to the lab manager and I have brought it
> up to the "Team", but no one seems concerned except me.  Any
> comments/suggestions?
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