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>
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
Director, Laboratory Services
945 Princess Street, Kingston, ON, K7L 3N6
P 613 507 4700 ext. 106
C 613 539 2922
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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 Stuart, CIH CCHO
Chemical Hygiene Officer
Department of Environmental Health and Safety
Ithaca, NY 14850
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