ABC of Safety in the Biological Sciences
LABORATORY COATS - LABORATORY GOWNS
Protective clothing should be mandatory for all personnel working in medical science laboratories. Gowns, without a front opening and which tie at the back, offer more protection than laboratory coats which open at the front. Both gowns and laboratory coats should have long sleeves which gather at the wrists to protect clothing and arms. They should be discarded when soiled and removed each time the laboratory is left irrespective of the reason.
An example of a laboratory gown with long sleeves and elasticised wrist bands. The green area at the front is a splash resistant panel.
A laboratory coat or gown should never be worn while eating or drinking.