[Histonet] Manual Coverslipping Safety Issues

Rathborne, Toni trathborne <@t> somerset-healthcare.com
Tue Jan 4 11:52:47 CST 2011

If you're worried about hands being exposed to toluene, the argument would be to use gloves. You may find your TAT to be longer, in which case you could cite productivity as a reason for automation.

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I should add to my earlier post this morning:
-we do use an automated coverslipper for our routine HPS staining, which is several hundred slides daily as well
-we do have a fumehood over the main manual coverslipping area
-we have had airborne solvent levels measured, but my concern relates to direct manual exposure i.e. hands in toluene
-just because we can manually coverslip quickly doesn't mean the prolonged exposure is safe
Thanks for your answers, keep 'em coming
>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 coverslipper.

>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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