Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2008 16:31:53 -0500
Reply-To: Yung Morgan <pmorgan**At_Symbol_Here**EHS.UMASS.EDU>
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From: Yung Morgan <pmorgan**At_Symbol_Here**EHS.UMASS.EDU>
Subject: laboratory PPE and lab coats cleaning

Dear members, 
Thank you so much for all your responses for my questions: 
1 PPE requirement for Life science labs, 
2. Would an individual chem. Hygiene plan help with enforcement of PPE 
3. Lab coats cleanings companies
Here are a sample of all the responses; 
1.    Here are several links to the Centers for Disease Control and 
Prevention, Office of Health and Safety-Biosafety.  The CDC has programs 
that work with plants, animals and microscopes etc... too, so these 
safety regulations, guidelines and information sheets should apply to 
many of your situations.
Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) 5th 
Biosafety in the Laboratory.  Slides are in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format.
Depending on the Biosafety level of the laboratories, lab coats may only 
be recommended and not required.
Hope that this helps.
2. Yung,
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.
3. A lab is a lab is a lab. If hazardous substances are present, a 
certain amount of PPE is required. Chemical Hygiene Plans are a 
representation of work-to-precautions for the employees. Signatures are 
required, and deviations will need explaining. No-one wants to be 
unnecessarily encumbered with PPE. Some photos of lab accidents could be 
used to press your position. 
I too work in a research/pilot plant environment, and the "creative" 
methods of skirting the basic rules always gives rise to the question, 
"did you not receive any Safety training in school?". "That's how we've 
always done it" is a common answer. My retort is usually something like, 
"remember Bhopal and Texas City, TX (BP)" The same thinking caused those 
accidents too".
I can't help with #1 (how is it that PPE would interferes with work on
plants?) but for #2, we have a commercial laundry service come in once a 
week to take the soiled coats and return clean. Current cost is 
5. We finally bought a washer and dryer for this purpose.  It is a 
fairly inexpensive solution (compared to outsourcing through a uniform 
supply company), since we have student workers who can learn laundering 
skills in the process.  : )  We haven't set up a specific schedule - 
generally, folks just drop off the dirty lab coats at my office.  We 
provide this service just to the Department of Chemistry through the 
chemistry stockroom.  Since you are in a central EHS office, things 
would probably have to work differently there.  However, if you have the 
budget to purchase the equipment, installation (potentially a 
significant expense) and laundry supplies, you might find that your 
science storeroom or whatever would be willing to handle the washing 
through student workers.
At my pharmaceutical company, safety glasses are required in all labs at 
all times. We have gotten the same push back from some groups that you 
describe but if you look at what they do, they do more hazardous things 
than they think. Also, we found compliance with a partial use policy was 
poor, they forgot to use them when doing the more hazardous tasks. It 
seems easier on all to have a blanket policy.
7.  We solved the problem of lab coat cleaning by using disposable 
Fisher 19-130-5272 (medium), 19-130-5273 (large), 19-130-5274 (Xlarge) 
with education pricing are $34 for a box of 25 coats.  They are less 
expensive than a cleaning service. One big advantage of always using a 
lab coat is that it saves your street cloths from lab damage.
8. You can do a task assessment for each area of your lab, similar to 
Select the minimum type of personal protective equipment (PPE) needed 
for the referenced task. The employee performing the task may choose to 
wear more than the minimum PPE. 
Task___________________ Location_____________________ 
=F4=80=80=80 Safety Glasses =F4=80=80=80 Safety Goggles =F4=80=80=80 
Face Shield =F4=80=80=80 Filtered (light radiation) 
=F4=80=80=80 Other_________________ =F4=80=80=80 N/A 
=F4=80=80=80 Abrasion Resistant Gloves 
=F4=80=80=80 Gloves for Hot/Cold Extremes =F4=80=80=80 Gloves for 
Biological Exposure 
=F4=80=80=80 Gloves for Chemical Exposure (i.e. acids, bases, solvents, 
=F4=80=80=80 Other________________ =F4=80=80=80 N/A 
Note: All LSB personnel engaged in laboratory activities MUST wear 
closed-toe, non-perforated shoes 
=F4=80=80=80 Crush Resistant (i.e. steel-toe) =F4=80=80=80 Chemical 
=F4=80=80=80 Biological Exposure (i.e. shoe protectors) 
=F4=80=80=80 Other ________________ =F4=80=80=80 N/A 
Comments:________________________________ Document No. LSBSM Effective 
Date 9-19-07 - 54 - Approved: A4158/4979 Phoenix Police Department 
Laboratory Services Bureau SAFETY MANUAL Issue No. 2007-1 
=F4=80=80=80 Lab Coat =F4=80=80=80 Apron =F4=80=80=80 Jumpsuit/Coveralls 

=F4=80=80=80 Full Body Suit =F4=80=80=80 N/A 
=F4=80=80=80 Other ________________ 
NOTE: For any use of respiratory protection beyond the use of a single 
strap dust mask, a physical/fit-check must be performed. 
=F4=80=80=80 Dust Mask =F4=80=80=80 Half Face =F4=80=80=80 Full Face 
=F4=80=80=80 PAPR 
=F4=80=80=80 Other _______________ =F4=80=80=80 N/A 
Comments: _________________________________ 
=F4=80=80=80 Ear Plugs =F4=80=80=80 Ear Muffs 
=F4=80=80=80 Other __________________ =F4=80=80=80 N/A 
Comments: _________________________________ 
A task hazard assessment has been performed and PPE selected for the 
above referenced task. 
SUPERVISOR/DESIGNEE ____________________________ 
DATE __________________
9. We use Aladco.  Gotta be careful about making sure dept/name/etc are 
marked and marked again after several washings.  We have lost a few 
coats here and there, but they are pretty good about returning things.  
Your volume would be much greater than ours, however....
At Gettysburg College we only give eyewear recommendations and it is the 
lab supervisor=E2=80=99s responsibility to choose the most appropriate 
PPE based on this (see below from our CHP).   As for lab coats, we do 
not require them, however, you may be able to have them laundered 
periodically with those worn by Health Service staff or even in your own 
on campus laundry facilities (e.g.  Athletics).  Eye Protection. 
Eye protection must be made available to all employees or visitors to 
laboratories where chemicals are used and stored. The minimum acceptable 
requirements are for hardened glass or plastic safety spectacles. The 
laboratory supervisor should establish the level of eye protection 
needed per laboratory activity. American National Standards Institute 
(ANSI) recommends the following types of eye protection for use in the 
Yung Morgan, MsPH
Chemical Safety
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