From:"Rogerson Kemlo (ELHT) Pathology"

Wellington boots, rubber boots that reach to your knees; I think
Wellington wore them at Trafalgar as he was worried about slipping on
the deck of his ship. If meant we beat the French and they are our
unofficial national emblem. 

It was a problem on those sailing vessels, blood and stuff made it
slippy so they invented rubber boots that stopped you slipping and
getting your feet wet. We all wear them in the UK, I have two pairs; one
green the other black. The black ones are for gardening and things, but
the green ones are for 'stepping out' in. People with horses wear green
wellies as they are 'upper class'. Wellies called 'Hunters' are the
'bees knees' of wellies; you can buy them off the Net from the UK.

-----Original Message-----
From: Bartlett, Jeanine [] 
Sent: 02 September 2005 11:06
To: Rogerson Kemlo (ELHT) Pathology;
Subject: RE: [Histonet] SLIPPING ON LAB FLOOR

We know why bare feet would not be a good idea but I have to know:  what
are wellies? 

-----Original Message-----
From: Rogerson Kemlo (ELHT) Pathology
Sent: Friday, September 02, 2005 5:37 AM
To: Bartlett, Jeanine;
Subject: RE: [Histonet] SLIPPING ON LAB FLOOR

One of our BMS's slipped on the corridor floor that sits between the
'cutting up' room and the main Lab. We have roughened strips that are
supposed to prevent this but all they do is act as a reservoir. There
are available special 'mats' for trapping wax but they must be cleaned

Why can't people walk around in bare feet? Or wear wellies?


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of
Bartlett, Jeanine
Sent: 01 September 2005 17:05
To: Marshall Terry Dr,Consultant Histopathologist; Tim Wheelock;
Subject: RE: [Histonet] SLIPPING ON LAB FLOOR

It may not necessarily the dress shoes.  None of the shoes I wear are
such but one pair tend to slip on the paraffin-coated floors more than
the others.  Also, we often have non-lab personnel enter the lab for a
variety of reasons, for example our secretary.  The new non-slip mats
would probably be a big help. 

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Marshall
Terry Dr,Consultant Histopathologist
Sent: Thursday, September 01, 2005 10:49 AM
To: Tim Wheelock;
Subject: RE: [Histonet] SLIPPING ON LAB FLOOR

Get the silly woman to wear sensible shoes:-) People who skate on thin
ice cannot complain if they fall in.

Dr Terry L Marshall, B.A.(Law), M.B.,Ch.B.,F.R.C.Path  Consultant
Pathologist  Rotherham General Hospital  South Yorkshire  England

-----Original Message-----
From: Tim Wheelock []
Sent: 05 August 2003 23:55
To: ''
Subject: [Histonet] SLIPPING ON LAB FLOOR

Hi Everyone:

A problem.
My boss, who wears dress shoes with half-size high heels (the heels have
a broad base to them, not the "stiletto" type), has been having problems
slipping on my laboratory's floor. I am really afraid that she is going
to actually fall and injure herself.

I myself have no problem in the lab, since the soles of my shoes are
rubber or plastic polymer. Sneakers work fine as well.
I manage a neuropathology laboratory which means I use paraffin
Although, I keep the floor clean, I think that the residual wax near the
embedding and sectioning stations may get spread around the rest of the
lab by my shoes.

So far, I have put a "CAUTION" sign up on my laboratory door advising
people to excercise caution when entering the lab, especially when
wearing dress shoes, in order to at least increase awareness.

Perhaps, I should put the laboratory floor on a regular "preventative
maintenance" schedule of cleaning and waxing to minimize the amount of
wax on the floor.
Then again, maybe I should ask the maintenance people not to put any wax
on the floor after they clean it. Perhaps it is this wax that is part of
the problem.

Has anyone ever had this problem? How did you solve it?

I would appreciate any advice anyone may have.

Tim Wheelock
Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center
McLean Hospital

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