Ralph and others,
Thank you to all that have replied and thank you to Ralph for pointing out the harsh realities of academic laboratories and the funding challenges when building them.
What I didn't point out in my query, is that this new lab coat policy is contentious with a few, very vocal, faculty. This policy was passed by an overwhelming majority department vote after recommendations by their safety committee, of which I am an advisory member. Even though we have given them the hazard assessments for the labs they will be teaching, they do not like the fact that their students need to wear lab coats and will latch on to anything that may sway other department members, even a storage problem.
Some days Friday doesn't get here fast enough!
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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