At UC Davis, we require all undergrads to purchase a 100% cotton lab coat for use in lab, along with splash goggles. Our Teaching Assistants are in light blue 100% cotton lab coats so we can pick them out in the sea of white coats. It appears in the class syllabus (syllabi?) so there's no question about the requirement.
Initially, it was a bit chaotic, but the bookstore now knows what to expect so things go more smoothly now.
Debbie M. Decker, CCHO
Department of Chemistry
University of California, Davis
1 Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616
Birkett's hypothesis: "Any chemical reaction
that proceeds smoothly under normal conditions,
can proceed violently in the presence of an idiot."
From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU]On Behalf Of Patricia Redden
Sent: Friday, November 14, 2014 7:04 AM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Lesson learned video - but what about student labs?
SACL recommends impervious aprons for students in lab, with long sleeves and long pants or skirts.
On Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 9:27 AM, Lindsey Kayman <lindsey.kayman**At_Symbol_Here**gmail.com> wrote:
Great video! The video focused on people in research areas, but I'm
wondering how institutions are dealing with the logistics of lab costs
for students in teaching labs? What about lab courses where there is
only infrequent, incidental use of corrosives and other chemicals?
We are having logistical issues lab coats for these courses and are
considering providing reusable community disposable coats for
specified student lab protocols.
Lindsey Kayman, CIH
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
> On Nov 13, 2014, at 6:16 AM, "Secretary, ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety" <secretary**At_Symbol_Here**DCHAS.ORG> wrote:
> Lesson learned video: An acid spill without a lab coat
> "I probably would not have thought to go to the hallway right away, if someone wasn't there to point me in the direction. I probably would have run around the lab trying to remember where the shower is, knowing full well that there wasn't one in there."
> "It was a freak accident in terms of it shouldn't have shot out at me. But if I would have been wearing my lab coat, probably almost 99% chance it would have never contacted my skin, just would've had to get the lab coat off really quickly."
> "I remember in undergrad, it was a huge thing: Always wear your lab coat, that's what I was taught. It was definitely something I was taught here as well during training and all that. It's what I started doing. But as time went on and I looked at different people in lab and other labs, there's actually a number of people who don't wear their lab coats, actually a much greater number than I was ever expecting, which is not something I was used to at all. So at times, especially during the summer when it got really hot, there was times when I knew what I was doing so I just wouldn't put it on. I sweat very easily and that just made it worse. It's just one of the things. Especially at the end of the day, I just didn't think to use my lab coat and I thought I'd be really quick. But clearly no matter what I'm doing in the lab I should've been wearing it, as everyone should."
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