From: Slawomir Janicki <slawomir.janicki**At_Symbol_Here**COMCAST.NET>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Flame Resistance & Lab Coats
Date: January 28, 2013 12:20:40 PM EST
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Russ, Robin,

Could you comment on how severe is the threat from burning lab coats? Using
pyrophoric chemicals would seem one reason to use FR lab coats, but using
these lab coats every day seems like excess cost and unnecessary exposure to
FR chemicals.

Shouldn't engineering controls (glove box under N2, vessel containment, fire
suppression system etc.) be used before additional PPE is used? In the
specific case of fuming nitric acid (my own experience) using acid and
oxidizer resistant long gloves, apron, and face shield should be standard
practice, and questions about resistance of FR lab coats to fuming nitric
acid complicates the assessment.

At one of my previous employers (org synthesis lab, mg to kg scale,
pyrophorics used rarely in mg/mL amounts) we looked at FR lab coats after we
discontinued cotton lab coat service. We decided to go with the Tyvek lab
coats because the occurrence of fires was nil (>15 years) and we increased
training and review of chemistry performed in the labs.

Just curious,
Slawomir Janicki

-----Original Message-----
From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of
Robin M. Izzo
Sent: Monday, January 28, 2013 11:49 AM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Flame Resistance & Lab Coats


I will look for the literature on this, but to quickly answer about the
treated coats vs. Nomex, the companies that sell the treated coats say that
the fire resistance begins to fail after two years. The Nomex is more
expensive, but the fire resistance does not fade.

I have seen some literature on all but the human toxicity of the treated FR


Robin M. Izzo, M.S.
Associate Director, EHS
Princeton University
609-258-6259 (office)

Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.
~ Mark Twain

-----Original Message-----
From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of
Russell Vernon
Sent: Sunday, January 27, 2013 1:01 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Flame Resistance & Lab Coats

So the discussion in the UC Lab Safety world now includes flame retardant
lab coats and human/environmental potential consequences.

I would greatly appreciate being pointed toward information that would help
us more intelligently discuss these concerns:

How good are FR coats in a real flammable liquid fire? How does that compare
to non-FR lab coats?
Are the treated cloth lab coats inferior to the "Nomex" type?
Do the modern treated FR coats demonstrate any human toxicity or
environmental adverse effects?

Literature that may help us in answering these kinds of questions is what I
am asking you to help me find.


Russell Vernon, Ph.D.


Environmental Health & Safety

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From: Melissa Charlton-Smith
Subject: RE: [DCHAS-L] Chemical Safety headlines from Google (12 articles)
Date: January 25, 2013 1:33:49 PM EST

Nitric acid is aqueous, so how can it be flammable (in the Tripoli

Possibly someone who KNOWS told the reporter that it's an oxidizer and at
certain concentrations can cause combustion in contact with combustible
materials....and the reporter took the short root to "it's flammable".

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