A question I'm wondering about as we as a professional community consider the aftermath of the UCLA lab fire and its legal follow up is whether there is a reason beyond finances to not use fire resistant lab coats in the lab setting. I recognize that both the initial and maintenance costs associated with fire resistant coats are significantly higher than alternatives, but I wonder if there are other disadvantages associated with their use.
Thanks for any information about this.
Ralph Stuart, CIH CCHO
Chemical Hygiene Officer
Department of Environmental Health and Safety
Ithaca, NY 14850
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