[Histonet] Use of cellular (mobile) phones in the Lab

Kemlo Rogerson kemlo.rogerson <@t> waht.swest.nhs.uk
Tue Mar 14 02:16:57 CST 2006

I gather that the analogue phones were the ones implicated in causing
problems; as far as I am aware the digital ones don't unless they are in the
very close vicinity of sensitive equipment. Here it is not allowed to have
your phones on as Intensive Care is above our heads, literally.

That phones addle your brain is another matter and looking at some of our
youngsters I wonder.

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-----Original Message-----
From: Patti Loykasek [mailto:ploykasek <@t> phenopath.com] 
Sent: Monday, March 13, 2006 10:57 PM
To: histonet
Subject: Re: [Histonet] Use of cellular (mobile) phones in the Lab

I have mixed feelings on the cell phone issue. So far, it has not been
enough of an interruption to have to form a policy or limit it. It might be
a matter of, do the employees have access  to a phone & time to make
personal phone calls?

On another slightly "off topic" - how do people feel about the use of
portable music devices by co-workers??

Patti Loykasek

> Hi Guys.
> This is a slightly "off topic" query, but I need to draw up a policy on
> use of cellular (mobile) phones in the Lab environment and would
> input from the Anatomical Pathology side.
> The main reasons for not using a phone are:
> 1.    Danger of infection (primarily in the Micro/Virology Labs)
> 2.    Interference with some electronic circuitry (primarily with the
> units in the Biochemistry, Immunology & Haematology labs)
> 3.    Interruption of the work flow and annoying to others (all labs).
> Is there any reason/s that you can think off pertaining to the
> Histopathology/Cytopathology labs?
> Thanks in advance.
> Mike Kirby
> National Health Lab Service
> Johannesburg
> South Africa.
> P.S. I'll accept replies from any Australians, that is if you are speaking
> us after our one run win in the Cricket! (smirk, smirk!).
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