Debbie Knight

Photo of the Week

In photo log on December 11, 2012 at 9:30 am

no-gloves-on-door---sign.

This is a sign I put on the office door (and a few other hallway doors) last week.

Some of my office mates (and their bosses) were forgetting to remove their lab gloves before touching the keypad and door handle.

This is a big no-no with regard to lab (and workplace) safety. At least at my institution.

Lab gloves should not be worn in public spaces.

Why? Any surface touched in the lab could have chemical, biological or radioactive residue that can transfer to lab gloves. That residue can then transfer to surfaces like keypads and door knobs that people touch with bare hands.

Sure the person might have just pulled on a pair of gloves, but there are no assurances that those gloves are goober-free.

So, a gentle reminder to those office mates.

Perhaps I should have rigged the door to deliver a mild electric shock.

Though I might secretly enjoy seeing that, I thought it more humane to start with words.

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