[Histonet] Manual Coverslipping Safety Issues

Liz Chlipala liz <@t> premierlab.com
Tue Jan 4 11:38:44 CST 2011

This was back in the late 80's early 90's but I put together a proposal
for a coverslipper at the institution that I worked at.  I combined,
increase in workload statistics, the time it took for the techs to
coverslip verses the time it took for an automated coverslipper,
improved efficiency and overall quality, and then I also added exposure
to xylene into the mix and it worked.

I do not think that you could do it on safety alone - unless you have
data that supports over exposure to xylene fumes.  I think you will need
to add how it would improve efficiency and overall quality too.

Good Luck


Elizabeth A. Chlipala, BS, HTL(ASCP)QIHC
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Subject: [Histonet] Manual Coverslipping Safety Issues

Has anyone successfully lobbied their institution for an automated
coverslipper for safety reasons?
Still coverslipping manually-stained IHC, neuro autopsy and special
stains, sometimes hundreds per day. There has to be a better way.  Under
budget constraints. That's why I'm wondering if anyone has used concerns
about histology staff safety, specifically techs under direct exposure
to toluene/xylene, to enable purchase of an automated/robot
I'd be interested in anyone's experience with this approach,
successfully or unsuccessfully.
Eric Gagnon MLT
Histology Laboratory
Kingston General Hospital
Kingston, Ontario, Canada

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