From: Zack Mansdorf <mansdorfz**At_Symbol_Here**BELLSOUTH.NET>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Lab Coat Use
Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2018 15:46:04 -0400
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU>
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Best practice is to not share lab coats and not to wear lab coats outside a lab since they could be contaminated with more than just virus. Not cleaning a lab coat for an entire semester also seems risky to me.


At the very least, any coat thought to be contaminated should be either discarded or cleaned. This would also apply to visible stains.



S.Z. Mansdorf, PhD, CIH, CSP, QEP

Consultant in EHS and Sustainability

7184 Via Palomar

Boca Raton, FL 33433





From: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU> On Behalf Of Shannon Nephew
Sent: Tuesday, October 9, 2018 2:09 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Lab Coat Use




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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