Re: [Histonet] Floor in a pathology laboratory

From:"Joe Nocito"

I had some carpets like this and is was a bear to work with in the embedding 
area. The wheels of the chairs kept causing the carpet to rise up, causing a 
tripping hazard. Anyone else experience this? By the microtomes, the carpet 
worked fine.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Gayle Callis" 
To: "Rene J Buesa" ; 
Sent: Tuesday, September 18, 2007 3:41 PM
Subject: Re: [Histonet] Floor in a pathology laboratory

I agree with Rene.  We also have commerical rugs (heavy duty, very low
carpet, inexpensive, and are the kind found in entry ways of
buildings).  We place these in front of microtome areas, sinks and
processor, chairs roll on them without resistance.    They can be vacuumed
to pick up paraffin shavings, and when eventually trashed, merely
replaced.   We had an incident on a hard floor, as paraffin seems to
permeate and coat all surfaces.  A visiting post doc slipped, and if he
hadn't grabbed a door handle, would have cracked back of his skull on our
hard floor.  Our janitors here would NEVER think to mop a floor, but they
do vacuum these little carpets.    Perhaps clinical labs have better
regulations for cleaning histology lab areas than our research facility ( I
work in a double wide trailer house! also called a modular) has available.

If you can't use carpets, then consider the sticky peel a away mats under
your microtoming areas, this catches trimmings that seem to fly around
willy nilly, no matter what one does. These are also used at entry ways of
areas where dust, dirt and/or prion associated work is done.

Be sure you ask for acid resistant sinks, that are large, deep and enough
of them to do the work necessary, staining, grossing areas, etc, etc.  A
lab with two sinks like ours is NOT a good situation.  Also, ask that the
the microtoming area has decent bright lighting and NO air vents just about
the microtome area.

Good luck and congratulations on being able to design a new laboratory.

At 02:14 PM 9/18/2007, you wrote:
>Chemicals resistant, anti-slip, and ascrubbable to eliminate paraffin.
>   René J.

Gayle Callis
Research Histopathology Supervisor
Veterinary Molecular Biology
Montana State University - Bozeman
PO Box 173610
Bozeman MT 59717-3610

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