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Old 01-06-2013, 06:55 AM
 
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Do they get to wear their lab coats home?
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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get to? The lab coats usually belong to and are the responsibility of the professional. Most have their name embroidered on them. Now some techs wear lab coats which may or may not belong to the clinic or hospital. it depends. Some folks like to leave their coats at work and only wear them there while others wear them home, especially if they need to be cleaned. I have a doctor friend who will not wear his coat in public because he is accosted by strangers or patients for free advice.

Used to be the length of the coat determined the professional status of the wearer. jacket type for techs, students and then full fledged doctors wore coat length. Now it doesn't seem to matter.

On several occasions I've had to speak to the wearer about the nastiness of a lab coat. I know it can be expensive to have them professionally cleaned and starched but as a patient, I have little confidence in a doctor coming at me with nasty dirty cuffs and sleeves, Yuck--germs. also be aware that neckties on doctors can be true masses of germs and nastiness. Saw a study once about random tests on doctor neckties and found out unreal number of germs, stains, etc.
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:13 AM
 
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Worked in biotech in the past (albeit not in the research/lab area). So this is just what I saw - no one took them home, it was more of nuisance to even wear one.... so the desire to bring one home is probably not very high. Safety guidelines basically said you shouldn't remove them from the labs - but it was common to see staff wear them to their desks.

Also keep in mind the role of a lab coat - to keep chemicals/specimens off of your own clothing. So I can't imagine anyone wanting to drag that stuff home with them. And I'm sure different labs have different rules depending on what they're working with.

Just my .02.
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Westwood, MA
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For scientists, lab coats are designed as a protective layer to protect the wearer in case of an accidental spill. As such, it is good practice to keep them in the lab and take them off when not in use there. For instance, where I work lab coats are absolutely required in any lab and absolutely forbidden in the cafeteria and lunchroom. As to taking them home, it depends on the lab. Some labs, especially those that require their use, provide you with a lab coat and will take care of cleaning. Other labs won't really do anything and expect you to buy and maintain your own protective equipment.
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Old 01-06-2013, 11:25 AM
 
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This begs the question - Do showgirls get to wear their outfits home?
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Old 01-06-2013, 02:09 PM
 
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This begs the question - Do showgirls get to wear their outfits home?
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:22 PM
 
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Why would anybody wear his/her lab COAT home ?
My wife was a dental Chairside for many years, and she did not wear a lab COAT, but she wore a lab DRESS.
Awkward to keep changing twice a day, no ?
I wore a lab COAT all during my work (when in the LAB) and always left it at work ...
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:28 PM
 
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Thank you for the responses. This really was something that I was wondering about throughout the years..

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Old 01-06-2013, 08:26 PM
 
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Wearing lab coats at home, same thing as asking do techies wear their anti-static smocks home.....

Nope...
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Old 01-06-2013, 11:57 PM
 
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It's yours. If you're a weirdo.
Go ahead.
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