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Choosing The Right Lab Coat

Aug 3rd 2015 at 2:58 AM

Medical laboratories all over the world mandate that a lab coat is a must have protective equipment that has to be worn by everyone using the lab facilities. Lab coats, eye protection gear and protective gloves are necessary to keep one’s body, specially the eyes and hands protected from various hazards at all times. Here are some tips to pick the right lab coat to suit your needs.

There are two essential and non-negotiable elements of a lab coat:-

It should be made of flame resistant material.

It should have fasteners that are easy to open.

Flame resistant lab coats offer great protection against spills and accidental fires as well. Polyester lab coats are a complete no-no as the fabric melts and burns and causes great skin damage. Cotton coats, while not as bad as polyester on the melting front, are still flammable and act just like an added layer of protection over your cotton clothes under the lab coat.

Most effective lab coats are made of the material Nomex, like the Kimberly Clark basic lab coat available on Scope Medical Supply. This is an aramid made of diaminobenzene and benzene dicarboxylic acid derivatives. It is flame resistant and heat resistant as well, i.e. it does not burn easily and is a good insulator. Fire fighter’s clothes as well as race car drivers wear suits made of Nomex as well for their protective ability.

The second important consideration is the type of fastener on the lab coat. In case of an emergency like a fire, it is important to remove the lab coat as fast as possible and that’s when the importance of a convenient fastener comes into play. It is desirable to have an outer protective layer that can be stripped off as quickly as possible should the situation demand it.

It is for this reason that buttons are a bad idea on lab coats as they are time consuming to remove in case of any emergency. The need of the hour during emergencies is a coat that can be ripped off in one swift motion. Velcro is also a good idea but it is flammable.

The other features of lab coats that make them very convenient to use and wear while working are the presence of a couple of good pockets to stash money, coins, etc. and also slits for pens and markers. White coats are always preferable as it is easier to figure out when the clothes and the coat have been soiled or contaminated. Safety innovations in the lab coat such as collars that fold over to cover the front of the neck are added features that are preferred but difficult to find.

The range of medical disposable gowns and medical lab coats available at Scope Medical Supply come fitted with all these safety features to ensure protection of its users. Check out the entire range of products on and let us know your preferred features for lab coats in the comments section below.

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