Monday, 8 November 2010
No cross contamination
One of my colleagues recently celebrated her birthday. The environment we work in exposes us to MRSA, CDIF and a number of other contagious illnesses and so we are constantly on our guard to ensure our personal safety by using disposable gloves and aprons etc. This does of course mean that when we have our break and make a cup of tea, chances are you're going to be using a teaspoon that someone with MRSA has used. Some of us have our own mugs and cutlery at work and the rest, well, they just wing it. One colleague however, has serious issues with the possibility that she could contract these viruses, she will not even wash her mug in the same sink/dishwasher.
So, when it came to getting her a birthday gift I thought back and remembered how my Mom had made me a cutlery roll when I was 12 yrs old and going off to boarding school. (Note to self: remember to ask Mom what happened to it.) There is space for a teaspoon, knife, fork and soup/dessert spoon as well as space for a cloth to wipe your hands or dry your cutlery.
I've made it so that there is a flap to fold over the cutlery and then you roll it up and tie it with a tie that is stitched to the outside. The fabric is some that I got when I was in South Africa and my friend was thrilled to bits with it because she is of african descent and the print is very much the kind that her tribe uses in their traditional dress code.