No experience with this just an observation:
The Nomex lab coats we have (from 4 different suppliers) seem to have a more open weave, an almost linen like quality, compare to common variety cotton or cotton/polyester blend lab coats.
I wonder if this would be more permeable in the case of a chemical spill which, as pointed out before, is our most common lab incident.
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From: DCHAS-L Discussion ListOn Behalf OfLeogane Olivier
Sent: Tuesday, 22 July 2014 6:12:34 AM (UTC+10:00) Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Use of fire resistant lab coat
Since the UCLA accident cotton/polyester blend labcoat have been demonized and people fears are more focused on fire accident while the most common accident in research or teaching labs is chemical spill, and particularly corrosive material. Cotton ie Cellulose is prone to acid hydrolysis that means it offers a pretty poor resistance against acids. Regarding the initial and maintenance cost the student will quietly see his labcoat falling into pieces... In my opinion, the cotton/polyester version is the best fit for general purposes. But as mentioned by Julie, as soon as your protocol required the use of pyrophorics or hightly flammable solvent swtich to Nomex labcoats.
"Just wrapping people up in a lab coat doesn't automatically make them safe." (thanks Debbie)
Have a good one,
Olivier LEOGANE, Ph.D
Chemical safety Officer
University of Montreal
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De : DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**med.cornell.edu] De la part de Ralph B. Stuart Envoye´ : 18 juillet 2014 12:23 A` : DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**med.cornell.edu Objet : [DCHAS-L] Use of fire resistant lab coat
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 Cornell University Ithaca, NY 14850
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