From: Frankie Wood-Black <fwblack**At_Symbol_Here**CABLEONE.NET>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Use of fire resistant lab coat
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:27:17 -0500
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Most industrial laboratories in the petrochemical industry have gone to that requirement.

Due to the changes in many of the freshman and sophomore - general chemistry labs - I would say no to regular use in a general laboratory course.

But as for research and upper division, I don't see the big change - I don't even thing there is a significant difference in cost anymore between a non-FR and FR laboratory coat - so wouldn't not sure finances are a big deterrent.

FR is becoming very easy to obtain - TSC, Hardware stores and in Midland Texas and in North Dakota - the corner gas station. So - requiring FR for a person regularly using flammable materials in the laboratory - is not a big stretch.

On Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 11:23 AM, Ralph B. Stuart <ralph.stuart**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:
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


Frankie Wood-Black, Ph.D., REM, MBA
Principal - Sophic Pursuits
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Ponca City, OK 74604

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