From: Bruce Van Scoy <brucev**At_Symbol_Here**BRIGHT.NET>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Liquid proof flame retardant lab coats
Date: April 17, 2012 6:59:23 PM EDT
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I am not aware of an acceptable standard test for determining the absorption properties of flame retardant lab coats.  Is anyone aware of one?  If the lab coat is both chemically and fire resistant, then shouldn’t it have passed each individual respective chemical absorption test to not absorb the flammable liquid to contribute fuel to a fire?  The fire would be limited to the flammable liquid available on the surface of the lab coat.  Typically, I check the manufacturers testing data for chemical resistance or compatibility to resist absorption(permeation)/penetration to the contaminants of concern.  I’m not aware of any professionally recognized testing standard that simultaneously tests absorptive properties of flammable liquids with the flammable characteristics of the lab coats, wouldn’t that be the true real-world test of a flammable resistant lab coat?  However, I would expect the costs of the testing would be exorbitant!

My opinions and thought logic only, in an effort to continuously learn and improve. 



From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Naomi Kelly
Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 12:13 PM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Liquid proof flame retardant lab coats


Wish I did, please let me know if you get positive info on this.


On 4/13/12 2:29 PM, Russell Vernon wrote:

One of the challenges we’ve encountered is the liquid absorptive properties of flame retardant lab coats.

Does anyone know of a commercially available flame retardant lab coats that resists absorbing water and other solvents?


Thanks in advance,



Russell Vernon, Ph.D.


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