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Osha Manuals Total posts: 19 Joined: 05/27/13 21:46:12

Hello Derrick,

Thank you for reaching out to us.

OSHA has certain guidelines on the material of personal protective equipment including lab jackets. You can read more about the specific regulation by looking up this citation: 1910.1030(d)(3). What the regulation specifically states is: “Gowns, Aprons, and Other Protective Body Clothing. Appropriate protective clothing such as, but not limited to, gowns, aprons, lab coats, clinic jackets, or similar outer garments shall be worn in occupational exposure situations. The type and characteristics will depend upon the task and degree of exposure anticipated.” (1910.1030(d)(3)(xi)).

Some things you’ll want to ensure your lab coats protect against are biological, chemical and physical hazards:

o Biological – the penetration of blood or other potentially infectious material (OPIM)

o Chemical - carcinogenic, flammable, or corrosive materials

o Physical Hazards – pyrophoric materials, lasers or radiation (as applicable)

The selection of appropriate PPE should be documented in your bloodborne pathogen hazard risk analysis. Doing a risk analysis will help you determine what types of protection you’ll need but most medical/dental supply vendors provide PPE that provide sufficient protections.

Hope this helps!

Posted: 04/11/18 16:11:50
Derrick Jones Total posts: 1 Joined: 04/11/18 13:54:05


I have a quick question if you could help me out. In the dental office does the lab jacket have to be a certain material?


Posted: 04/11/18 13:54:05
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