You have to be very careful with a policy like this. If you have people sharing PPE, OSHA has rules on how this should be handled. Not only cold and flu, you have to worry about bloodborne pathogens, chemical spills (is that an acid or a water stain), and other types of issues. If you are going to require lab coats it is best if they are not shared. You may want to have the students purchase an individual (Tyvek) lab coat but then there is the storage issue and whether they can take them out of the lab. There is a massive amount of liability and possible record keeping you could incur.
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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
317 Hudson Hall
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
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