Reasons Why You Should Wear a Lab Coat in the Laboratory or Hospital

Lab Coats

Lab coats are a protective component of worker in both laboratory and clinical/patient care areas.
In order to protect against accidental spill or contact, lab coats must be worn whenever working in the laboratory or clinical areas, in addition to the appropriate type and size of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Uses of Lab Coats

  • work in laboratories,
  • handle biological, chemical, or radiological materials and waste,
  • handle human blood, tissue, cell lines, or other potentially infectious materials,
  • direct contact with patients, or
  • handle clinical specimens.

Benefits of wearing Lab Coats

Provide protection of skin and personal clothing from incidental contact and small splashes.
Prevent the spread of contamination outside the lab (provided they are not worn outside the lab.)
Provide a removable barrier in the event of an incident involving a spill or splash of hazardous substances.

Reasons to wearing lab coat

  • If something splashes onto your lab coat or your coat catches on fire – you can easily take the coat off. It is more difficult to remove contaminated clothing.
  • Many clothing items made with synthetic fabrics will melt in heat or fire causing severe burns. Lab coats are generally made of cotton or specialized fabrics that will not melt.
  • If you are wearing your lab coat, the safety staff won’t stop you and ask “Where’s your lab coat?”
  • You can get lab coats with special features, like static-control, wrist cuff and back ties, to fit your specific application.
  • Many lab coats are fire resistant.
  • Lab coats protect your skin from spills and splashes that occur in the laboratory.