Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2011 10:24:35 -0700
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From: Larry McLouth <ldmclouth**At_Symbol_Here**LBL.GOV>
Subject: Re: Leg Coverings in Labs
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Berkeley Lab:

Safety glasses with side shields, long pants and closed toe shoes are required upon entry to a lab space

Lab coat and chemically resistant gloves are additionally required when handling chemicals.

This PPE is supplemented with goggles, aprons etc., depending on the material and degree of hazard



On 9/29/2011 8:55 AM, Shiel, Dan wrote:

I am interested to benchmark  what other organizations do/ require regarding leg coverings in labs.  Are legs required to be covered in all labs?  Or in some labs, but not others (e.g., in chemistry labs, but biology/ biotech)?  I realize that the default answer most of us who are EHS professionals would provide is “yes, of course leg coverings are required in labs!”, but again I am curious to learn what others actually doing and if the issue is directly addressed via your site CHP or other documents.

My site currently “strongly recommends” leg coverings in all labs and require them in labs using radioisotopes in our CHP (and in general have very few folks who actually wear shorts and/or skirts in labs, but some do on occasion), but are re-visiting this issue as part our ongoing risk assessment process. 



Dan Shiel, MBA, CSP, CHMM

Director, Risk & Quality Management Services

Pfizer La Jolla

10777 Science Center Drive

San Diego, CA 92121

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