Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2009 16:13:22 -0700
Reply-To: Russell Vernon <russell.vernon**At_Symbol_Here**UCR.EDU>
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From: Russell Vernon <russell.vernon**At_Symbol_Here**UCR.EDU>
Subject: Re: Thoughts on UCLA fatal accident.
Comments: To: "Kohler, Chris E"
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The series of videos that depict Arc Flash effects on various garments
can be found on-line through: 
To go directly to the video site: 

Russell Vernon, Ph.D. 
(951) 827-5119

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Subject: [DCHAS-L] Thoughts on UCLA fatal accident.

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?



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