From: Ralph B. Stuart <ralph.stuart**At_Symbol_Here**CORNELL.EDU>
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Use of fire resistant lab coat
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:23:15 +0000
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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

Ralph Stuart, CIH CCHO
Chemical Hygiene Officer
Department of Environmental Health and Safety
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14850


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