Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2012 08:18:12 -0500
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From: kauletta**At_Symbol_Here**NOTES.CC.SUNYSB.EDU
Subject: Lab Coat Management? Who, what, how?
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We are reviewing how lab coats are managed on our campus. We'd appreciate feedback on how your university/college handles lab coats (non-clinical) for research labs:

1. How are lab coats purchased?
        Each individual student/staff/faculty buys their own?
        Lab PIs buy them for their labs?
        Departments buy them?

2. How are they laundered?
        Is it up to the individual to launder their own lab coat?
        The lab uses only disposable lab coats?
        The lab has a washer/dryer for individuals within their own group to use?
        The departments have a washer/dryer for individuals to use?
        There is a lab coat laundry service on campus?  (who runs it?)
        There is a lab coat exchange program with an outside vendor on campus?  (who is vendor and who manages the program?)
        Other? __________________________________

3. How is EH&S involved in the lab coat program?
        Runs the lab coat purchase &/or laundry program?
        Only recommend lab coat types when asked?
        Includes lab coat use as an inspection item during lab inspections?
        Other? _________________________________________

I'm sure that there's lots of different things happening across NYS! If any of you are running or have a full lab coat laundry/exchange program on your campus, please let me know so I can ask lots more questions.

You can email me directly (kim.auletta**At_Symbol_Here** and I'll compile results & post back to the list.


Kim Auletta
Lab Safety Specialist
Stony Brook University

New York
FAX: 631-632-9683
EH&S Web site:

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