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I don't like hearing that people where not listening.  Safety of employees
is a very important. And I really can't believe that who ever was
supervising you allowed you too work without gloves.
Always remember,  it is your employer's responsibility to provide a safe
working environment for their employee's.

I can understand why you feel very strongly about the glove discussion.
Perhap's this problem should have been taken to Risk Management.   I hope
that you have found employment with more caring people.

Rande Kline HT (ASCP)
Technical Services
EM Science

Maree Gould <> on 11/15/98 03:29:56 PM

cc:    (bcc: Rande Kline/EMI/Merck)

Hi Histonetters

>The one answer I remember concerned an institution that had
>a phlebotomist who was NOT wearing gloves while drawing
>blood, right when OSHA came through.

I have practiced phlebotomy for 7 years ( in my list of various
occupations) the thing that concerned me now, as it did then, is the gloves
didn't fit!  I am a typically small built female and the gloves flopped at
the end of my fingertips.  I don't have male surgeons size 9 hands. It was
more of a danger that the gloves impedded my performance with the needle,
than not wearing gloves at all. If I was going to jab myself with the
needle the gloves were not going to prevent the needle penetrating my skin.
The gloves also got stuck in the vacutainer tubes when we tried to put the
lids back on to the tubes. Hopeless!

The only way we could bring a satisfactory conclusion to this dilema, after
complaining miserably to deaf ears was not to wear gloves at all.

Don't get me wrong - I wear gloves all the time - especially with the
chemicals we use as Histologists (and being 8mths pregnant). My point is
the gloves need to fit properly or else they are more of a danger than

Pardon my longwindedness but I feel very strongly about this.

Maree Gould


Maree Gould NZCS Dip Sci
Histology Unit Pathology Dept
Medical School
University Of Otago
P.O. Box 913
New Zealand
phone: 479 7152  Fax 479 7136


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