Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2008 16:25:28 -0500
Reply-To: marybeth.koza**At_Symbol_Here**BMS.COM
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From: MaryBeth Koza <marybeth.koza**At_Symbol_Here**BMS.COM>
Subject: Re: Laboratory PPE and lab coats cleaning
Comments: To: Yung Morgan
In-Reply-To: <009901c84d63$5a34a600$f4637780**At_Symbol_Here**>


PPE compliance is a reflection of safety culture.  The heads of the 
groups must support and set the example of wearing appropriate PPE.  
This is a struggle at any lab environment.  I believe that all labs 
should have the same basic PPE requirements (lab coat, safety glasses) 
and then more stringent per the use.

We use a company called Clean Rentals & More out of Bedford, Mass.  It 
is very reasonable less than a dollar per lab coat per week.

Mary Beth

Yung Morgan wrote:

>Dear list members,
>Hope the holiday season was good to you and yours. I have a double fold
>question for the group and would appreciate any suggestions or ideas you may
>1.	PPE in labs: We have a policy to wear Personal protective equipment
>(PPE) which include lab coats and safety glasses in all research labs. Our
>hard science group i.e. Chemistry, polymer sciences would wear them. The
>life science group: Biology, Vet and Animal science and psychology tend to
>fight the issue citing that they work with plants, and microscopes etc... My
>questions: Any of your organizations have encountered these same issues? .do
>you suggest individual Chem. Hygiene plans so that the PI can delineate
>areas for safety eyewear uses. Ca you suggest any sample of Individual Chem.
>Hygiene plan effective to use in a research labs, mostly in the life science
>2.	Lab coats cleaning: Our researchers said they would use their lab
>coats more if the lab coats can be cleaned by the institution. Do you have
>an inexpensive service on campus for dirty lab coats? We asked they don't
>take the contaminated coats home to be cleaned. 
>Thank you in advance for all your help and /or suggestions. Have a great New
>Yung Morgan, MsPH
>Chemical Safety
>Industrial Hygiene Services
>Environmental Health and Safety
>117 Draper hall
>UMASS,Amherst MA 01003
>phone (413)  545-2682
>Fax  (413) 545-2600
>email : pmorgan**At_Symbol_Here**

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