From: Jeffrey Lewin <jclewin**At_Symbol_Here**MTU.EDU>
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Labcoats
Date: Sat, 27 May 2017 18:20:06 +0000
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU>
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My reply keeps getting rejected due to some sort of image insert, so I'm sending as a stand-alone post:


I don't think we are as far apart as you think, and I appreciate the MIT link.

In case it wasn't clear, I was aiming at those faculty that use PPE as a primary defense, rather than following the hierarchy of hazard mitigation (elimination, substitution, engineering, administrative, then PPE).

I also agree that academia lags behind industry, I regularly cite the following:

Schroder, et al. 2016.

In my safety discussions.

One of the more interesting comments in this article was a correlation between wearing PPE and reduced injuries in the lab. Note that the reduction in injuries may not have been from the PPE per se, but that those people that regularly wear PPE also tend to be safer workers and/or work in environments that promote other safe practices.

Jeff Lewin
Chemical Safety Officer
Compliance, Integrity, and Safety
Environmental Health and Safety
Michigan Technological University
Houghton, MI 49931

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