Lab coats are a key element of personal protective equipment in laboratories. However, we have identified significant barriers to appropriate lab coat use and care. A campus-wide lab coat management program including laundering services, as recommended by the Institutional Chemical Safety Committee and approved by the Provost, will be instituted as a cost-effective solution to increase compliance and reduce risks. A pilot program in the Polymer Science & Engineering and Chemistry departments was successful and forms the basis of this program.
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