Wow. You wear lab coats to prevent contamination of your clothing. You should not wear lab coats outside of the labs to prevent spreading contamination (most labs have this rule). It sounds like you need to closely re-evaluate your practices otherwise you could recontaminate your clothing.
Get a high powered EHS consultant to talk with your management.
I am very surprised that you have new labs and this was not considered in the design.
S.Z. Mansdorf, PhD, CIH, CSP, QEP
Consultant in EHS and Sustainability
7184 Via Palomar
Boca Raton, FL 33433
For those campuses that require lab coats in their chemistry laboratories, how are you handling storage? We have wall to wall fume hoods in our upper division organic labs and no place to put lab coats. The Chemistry department has recently instituted a lab coat policy in upper division labs where the hazards warrant them. We have a brand new beautiful building they are housed in, however no lab coat storage. Upper administration does not want anything put in the hallways. So far, they have come up with extra large ziploc bags in which to put their lab coats into and store in their glassware drawers.
Any other ideas out there?
Safety Training Specialist, RSO
Environmental Health & Safety
Cal Poly State University
San Luis Obispo, CA
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