Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2012 10:24:18 -0500
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From: Paul Harrison <pharriso**At_Symbol_Here**UNIVMAIL.CIS.MCMASTER.CA>
Subject: Re: Lab Coat Management? Who, what, how?
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Kim, I realize you may only be interested in NY/ States, but for what it's worth here's a Canadian response:
At McMaster:
1. Lab PIs buy them for their labs
2. There is a lab coat laundry service on campus  (who runs it? Not sure). NB supervisors pay for the service.
3. Includes lab coat use as an inspection item during lab inspections.  Also involved in general training to use lab coats, explain how the syste works.

Best, Paul
On Wed, 4 Jan 2012 08:18:12 -0500
kauletta**At_Symbol_Here**NOTES.CC.SUNYSB.EDU wrote:
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
       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:

Paul Harrison
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
McMaster University
1280 Main St. W., Hamilton, ON, L8S 4M1, Canada
Phone: (905)525-9140 ext. 27290; FAX: (905)522-2509

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