Date: Wed, 1 Sep 2004 20:46:04 GMT
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From: "mrsafetyman**At_Symbol_Here**" <mrsafetyman**At_Symbol_Here**JUNO.COM>
Subject: Re: require lab coats?
Comments: To: smk**At_Symbol_Here**CHEM.UCSD.EDU

Labs coats are a matter of company policy and your chemical hygiene plan. There are circumstances where they may be needed, some when they are not and other where a lab coat will not do the job. You need to ask, what will be there purpose, eg; want to look good, everyone else is doing it, specific repellant to a splash hazard or bio hazard etc. NIOSH has a web site on recommendations for chemical clothing in labs, check it out at

Every situation in the lab is different and as you know costs can be overwhelminging if they are always required to wear coats, eg; even in a clean area writing a report. I think you need to identify what operations and functions will mandate a lab coat and which ones may not. Each chemical should be identified and a procedure for working with that chemical should be established that includes the proper PPE, eg; apparel permeation determination, etc. Utilize the NIOSH pocket guide to help with determinations.

I have attached the NIOSH web page, hope it come out if it does not it is the same link listed above. Good luck in your choice

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