RE: Flooring surfaces in Histology

From:marjorie lehman <>

 I got industrial carpet runners for the embedding and microtome areas because
I also had to have "nice looking" ones (we get a lot of visitors). The runners
come in a limited choice of colors, can be cut to order, clean well and "look

-----Original Message-----
From:	Roberta Horner []
Sent:	Tuesday, October 10, 2000 8:28 AM
To:	Kathy Paton;
Subject:	RE: Flooring surfaces in Histology

We bought Nomad mats from Fisher to place under our microtoming area.  Stray
ribbons that fall on it seems to stay there and twice a week our cleaning
personnel vacuum the mats or when she is on vacation we roll it up and take
it outside and give it a good shake.  I have one on order for the embedding
area also.  The mat is 3' by 5'.
Roberta Horner HT
Animal Diagnostic Lab
Penn State University

-----Original Message-----
From:	Kathy Paton []
Sent:	Monday, October 09, 2000 11:26 PM
To:	''
Subject:	Flooring surfaces in Histology

Dear All

Sorry to raise a well worn issue.    Wax on the floors in the microtomy
We have moved into a new laboratory with heavy duty lino with no special
abrasive surface.
Within three months we had a few very nasty stingey hurtee type falls.
With Health and Safety foremost in my
Mind I contacted a company that supplies a special type of lino with a
metallic inset.
We have also established a more intensive cleaning up process.
However the architects who are designing the remainder of the laboratory
have assured us that this is a "process problem". And that no special
surface should be necessary.   The genius even suggested putting the
microtomists into "little rooms" with vacuums surrounding them!!!!!!
Has anybody some enlightening suggestions for this old problem or any
similar experiences.
Frank Lloyd Wright...........come in please.
Kathy Paton
Team Leader
Surgical Pathology Unit
North Shore Hospital
New Zealand

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