Re: Flooring surfaces in Histology

From:a i d a n s c h u r r <>

Hi Kathy,

We have just purchased some new mats, which are composed of 
'bubbles' of rubber approx 3cm in diameter and 1.5 cm high.  Not 
only are they non slip and very easy to clean (we use a vacuum 
cleaner), they are extremely soft to stand on - anti fatigue for our 
microtomists.  I got them from a company called Business Office 
Interiors here in Wellington.  They are 1200mm x 900mm, and cost 
about $100 each.  Only drawback is that they are natural rubber, 
so don't spill any xylene on them!


> Dear All
> Sorry to raise a well worn issue.    Wax on the floors in the microtomy
> area.
> 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.
> Regards
> Kathy Paton
> Team Leader
> Surgical Pathology Unit
> North Shore Hospital
> Auckland
> New Zealand

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a i d a n   c   s c h u r r 
     section head,  histology department
      hutt valley health
       high street
        lower hutt, new zealand

     ph.  ++64 4 5709173
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