From: Denise Beautreau <deb313**At_Symbol_Here**LEHIGH.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Lab Coat Use
Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2018 15:21:00 -0400
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU>
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I see you are at my alma mater. I digress.

I my experience, whenever a lab coat was required, eat person had to have their own lab and it was either purchased by the person needing it, or if purchased by the department, it was somehow factored into the lab fees for example. There was never sharing of lab coats for the very reasons you mentioned-cold, flu, or other contagion spreading potential. Storage can become an issue if you have a large class. Also, are the lab coats being used in Chemistry labs? If so, I thought laundering lab coats used in that environment was frowned upon.

Regarding alternative, would it be cost effective to utilize disposable lab coats that are appropriate for the setting, that way you eliminate the potential of spreading pathogens, as well as having to change the frequency of when lab coats are cleaned. You could try it where students in teaching labs utilize disposable coats where as research students and faculty can have there own reusable lab coat.


On Tue, Oct 9, 2018 at 2:15 PM Shannon Nephew <millersc**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:

We have recently implemented a lab coat policy and provide coats to our laboratories for student, faculty and research use. There have been some concerns about cold and flu season and students wearing the coats that students in labs before them have been sneezing or coughing into. Typically, we have the coats picked up at the end of the semester and cleaned by our vendor (they are rental coats). Faculty have mentioned getting the coats cleaned every other week, but this could be costly.
Does anyone else have alternative ways of handling this situation?
Thank you for any insight and ideas.


Shannon C. Nephew MS, NRCC-CHO, NASP-CSM
Science Programs and Facilities Support Professional
Hudson Hall Building Manager
SUNY Plattsburgh
317 Hudson Hall
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
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Denise Beautreau
General Chemistry Laboratory Manager
Lehigh University
Department of Chemistry
Seeley G. Mudd Building
6 E Packer Ave
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Phone: 610-758-1585
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