Lab Coats For Hospital, Laboratory & Consulation
Lab coats are vital items of protective clothing for medical professionals, research chemists, and other healthcare professionals who are required to work around hazardous chemicals where exposure to contaminants is high. At Medical Supplies and Equipment Company, there is a wide selection of medical lab coats that will certainly serve to protect medical staff in situations where there are exposure concerns. Whether you’re in need of disposable lab coats, polyester & cotton blend lab coats, or polypropylene lab coats, there is a huge inventory of men’s, women’s, and unisex lab coats to choose from.
Though there exists some contention that hospital lab coats only serve to identify doctors from patients, lab coats do serve crucial purposes. Should a hazardous chemical, infectious contaminant, or bodily fluid splash or spill on someone, the medical lab coat can protect the worker’s skin. Nonetheless, if a lab coat becomes inundated by any chemical, they will lose their effectiveness and should immediately be removed. Lab coats should never be cleaned in washing machines at home or in public laundromats. Professionals who specialize in hazardous waste cleaning techniques should only handle dirty lab coats. Severely stained or torn medical lab coats are occupational hazards and should be discarded and replaced. This is the main reason why disposable lab coats are an increasingly popular commodity in the healthcare field today.
When compared to other items of protective clothing, there a several advantages to wearing disposable lab coats. They are breathable, allowing the wearer to be insulated and not overheat. The doctor lab coats you see in the on-line catalogue are precision cut to leave extra room and fit easily over street clothes for quick access to the work area. The women's lab coats and men's lab coats that MSEC has in stock are ideal for extended wear periods and are comfortable and cost efficient. Most importantly, they will adequately serve to protect the wearer from exposure to hazardous chemicals.
Like other items of protective clothing and equipment, lab coats must be worn properly in order to provide any real benefit. Every snap, button, and zipper should be used. Sleeves should extend past the wrists and should never be rolled up for comfort or ventilation. It’s important to be careful when accessing pockets through the openings in some medical lab coats as this may jeopardize the staff’s safety. Dirty hands can transfer dangerous or infectious agents through openings in the lab coats themselves.
Exposure to toxic agents and hazardous chemicals is a serious risk in the medical profession and necessary to prepare for. Years ago, heightened environmental awareness spurred the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Superfund legislation, as well as other government agencies whose goals are to inform the public of hazardous chemicals as well as pass and enforce laws to protect people from such chemicals. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) established safety regulations that addressed employee training and access to emergency treatment information in the form of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS). Simply put, there is a myriad of hazardous chemicals and contaminants that healthcare professionals are exposed to on a daily basis. Though protection against such risks begins with prevention and contingency planning, for a number of reasons exposures can be inevitable and, therefore, prevention is necessary.
For lab coats and other items of protective equipment you need, MSEC can provide it. After browsing our on-line catalog, we invite you to call our customer service department toll-free at 1-877-706-4480 if you have questions or need further assistance. Our medical equipment specialists are standing by to help you.