From: Daniel Crowl <crowl**At_Symbol_Here**MTU.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Use of fire resistant lab coat
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:27:19 -0400
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I have always believed that the PPE should be selected in each case for the actual hazards present. This should be derived from a hazards assessment prior to the actual experiment. I find that blanket PPE orders can lead to complacency and inadequate PPE.

I have fire resistant lab coats in my research lab that must be worn when flammable materials are being handled - but usually only for the workers actually handling the flammable.

The only exception to this is safety glasses - which I require in my lab all the time. Without this, I find that the lab folks end up not wearing them at all due to minimization of deviations.

Dan Crowl
Michigan Tech

On Sun, Jul 20, 2014 at 5:05 PM, Julie McLachlan <Julie.McLachlan**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:
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.


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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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