From: Julie McLachlan <Julie.McLachlan**At_Symbol_Here**GREENCENTRECANADA.COM>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Use of fire resistant lab coat
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:05:08 -0400
Reply-To: DCHAS-L <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU>
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We require the use of Blue Nomex lab coats only when working with pyrophorics or a lot of highly flammable solvents.  This allows everyone in the lab to instantly know that hazardous work is happening.  Otherwise everyone always wears a white cotton/polyester blend lab coat.


Julie McLachlan, M.Eng
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On 14-07-18 12:23 PM, "Ralph B. Stuart" <ralph.stuart**At_Symbol_Here**CORNELL.EDU> 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

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