RE: [Histonet] lab design

From:"Jim Staruk"

This is exactly what I did when I designed our new facilities.  I built a
flame-resistant room which is well-ventilated directly to the outside.  The
ventilation unit is adjustable for varying amounts of cubic feet per minute
air exchange.  This unit is always on.  There is a special cabinet for
flammable chemicals, acid-resistant bench tops for the tissue processors and
multiple, adjustable shelves for slide drying in this room.  The solid wood
passage door is always closed.  I also built a fume hood directly on the
other side of one of these walls and placed a blower unit (from an old,
charcoal bench-top fume hood) through the wall.  This is where we coverslip.
When the blower is on, it sucks away all of the xylene-laden air into the
vented room which, in turn, is vented directly to the outside.  There is
never any xylene fumes in the lab.  On our main homepage, there's a link to
photos of our new lab.  Here, you will see the ventilated room as well as
the coverslipping fume hood on the other side of the ventilated room.


    Jim Staruk
Mass Histology Service

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Melissa Jans
Sent: Saturday, September 24, 2005 2:09 PM
Subject: [Histonet] lab design

I hope this email finds everyone well,
I have the opportunity to do some redesigning of our laboratory space.  I
would like some feedback from some of the larger labs as to whether they
have a separate room for their tissue processors and/or flammable storage.
If so, how is it separate from the main laboratory working space...wall,
door, both?
Any feedback would be appreciated.
Melissa Jans
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

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