[Histonet] Anti Static Guns
mfisher <@t> ecrmc.org
Sat Feb 11 12:29:06 CST 2012
We use ZeroStat Antistatic Guns in our lab. Originally designed to remove fine dust particles from vinyl records (remember those?), I first began using them back in the 80's in our EM lab. When I arrived here 3 years ago and living in the desert where we have virtually no humidity, especially right now, I brought in my own personal gun (yes, I still have vinyls!) and introduced it to the lab. This gun is way over 20 years old and still works. If you google these, you will find them out there. But search around for the best price. You used to be able to walk in to a record store and buy them for about $10 but those stores are now obsolete too. I found some good prices on eBay. No chemicals, no harm to the environment, no smell, no mess!
Histology Supervisor/Lab Safety Officer
El Centro Regional Medical Center
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1. Re: anti static spray (Rick Tiefenauer)
Date: Sat, 11 Feb 2012 08:53:35 -0800
From: Rick Tiefenauer <gonavy2003 <@t> gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [Histonet] anti static spray
To: liz <@t> premierlab.com
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During my Navy days to help prevent static problems off X-ray films, we
used a 95(ish)% isopropyl and water mix in a squeeze spray bottle. A very
light mist before opening the paper film holders, and allowing it to
completely evaporate, normally did the trick.
I know of one histo lab here in Cali. that does a light spray of ethyl mix
periodically on their blocks while chilling before microtomy, don't think
they have much static issues.
Watch out for over the-counter sprays from a local store, many have Butane
and/or Propane (refrigerant types), and some
have 1,1-Difluoroethane (normally found in computer canned air). Many have
some type of fluorine-byproducts because of the high electronegativity.
Cotton lab coats, and the humidity trick are also helpful.
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