Date: Wed, 6 Apr 2011 13:19:57 -0400
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From: "Floyd, Karon" <Karon.Floyd**At_Symbol_Here**DHS.GOV>
Subject: Re: Lab Coat policy query

We consider lab coats part of PPE. Also, if you are making it a 
mandatory requirement, then the organization should be responsible for 
ensuring that they are available and usable. Otherwise, you really can't 
enforce a mandatory requirement when you leave it up to the students.
Karon L. Floyd,
Center Safety Officer
Plum Island Animal Disease Center
Direct: (631) 323-3332
Fax: (631) 323-3097
Email: karon.floyd**At_Symbol_Here**
Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break 
your word or lose your self-respect. -Marcus Aurelius Antoninus


From: DCHAS-L Discussion List on behalf of Humphrey, Karalyn J.
Sent: Wed 4/6/2011 12:21 PM
To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Lab Coat policy query


My university is looking at rewriting their lab coat policy to make them 
mandatory for certain lower level teaching labs.  What we're currently 
trying to iron out are the details of the following:

1)      Are the students responsible for keeping up with their own lab 
coat, or is it the department's responsibility to store the coats for 
all the students?
2)      Who is responsible for laundering the coats - the department or 
the students?

We have a lab enrollment of several thousand students.  My current 
thinking is to allow the students to keep up with and launder their own 
coats, except in the case of a chemical spill.  But I wanted to put out 
this query and see what other institutions were doing.

Thank you,

Karen Humphrey

Laboratory Coordinator & Safety Officer / Part-time Lecturer
Baylor Univ. Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Office: BSB E.111
Phone: (254) 710-2002

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