Date: Wed, 6 Apr 2011 15:09:04 -0400
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From: "Redden, Patricia" <PREDDEN**At_Symbol_Here**SPC.EDU>
Subject: Re: Lab Coat policy query

We don't require lab coats, although the biology department does so many 
of our students have them.  ACS actually says to use non-absorbent lab 
aprons, and that's what we require.


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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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