From: Frankie Wood-Black <fwblack**At_Symbol_Here**CABLEONE.NET>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Lab Coats In Teaching Labs and Research Labs at Academic Institutions
Date: Mon, 4 May 2015 15:58:46 -0500
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At this time - we only require lab coats in the microbiology laboratories. (We are a 2 year school and only teach general chemistry from a chemistry aspect.) However, we are discussing lab coat in the biology, physiology, and anatomy laboratories. Not so much for safety as it is for decorum.

The rationale behind our choice is that we aren't using anything particularly hazardous. We have aprons available if needed.

On Mon, May 4, 2015 at 2:00 PM, Kohler, Christopher E <cekohler**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:

Greetings all,

We are trying to get a handle on the current norm for providing lab coats (or aprons) in 1) teaching labs, and 2) in research labs at academic institutions.

Has anyone done any benchmarking or know of any recent articles?

Some of the questions we have include:

Do you require "lab coats" in academic chemistry teaching labs?

Do you require "aprons" in academic teaching labs?

Do you require "lab coats" in research labs?

Do you require "fire resistant (FR) lab coats" in organic research labs?

Do you rent them?

Do you purchase them?

Do you have the vendor launder them?

Do you launder them yourselves?

Who pays for them?

Many thanks,


Christopher E. Kohler, MS, LPG, CCHO

Laboratory Safety Manager, EHS

Environmental Health and Safety

1514 E Third Street

Bloomington, IN 47405

(812) 855-5454


Frankie Wood-Black, Ph.D., REM, MBA
Principal - Sophic Pursuits
6855 Lake Road
Ponca City, OK 74604

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