Hi, I have a question about this--I think it's a great idea, but am wondering what the specified lab coat(s) is/are in undergraduate synthetic lab courses....do you handle those by microscale work or ??? thanks, Margaret >>> "Kohler, Chris E"
8/11/2009 8:20 AM >>> Here at this institution we have labs that run the gamut from those that have an incidental use of less-hazardous chemicals to those that utilize large quantities of flammable liquids and reactives. We understand that this was not the only issue surrounding the tragic accident but after UCLA we examined the fabric of the lab coats being utilized and found that (rather than cotton) most existing lab coats are 60-80% polyester and were selected for the price, lightness, and permanent press qualities. One of the things that we could accomplish immediately was reinforce our training program to specifically instruct and require research scientists in high-hazard laboratories (those that use flammable liquids and reactive chemicals) 1) not to wear synthetic clothing into the labs and 2) utilize all cotton lab coats. We also have a door sign program in which we can specifically require cotton or even fire resistant lab coats for specific labs if necessary. Has anyone else examined this issue and what were your conclusions? Thanks, Chris
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