Laboratory Coats

Laboratory coats that extend to your knees must be worn during any work in the laboratory and should be buttoned completely in order to protect skin and clothing from splatter and spills. These coats are loose-fitting by design so, in case of chemical contact, it is much faster and easier to remove a laboratory coat than the street clothes, therefore minimizing skin contact with hazardous materials.


Appropriate laboratory coats can be purchased from the University Bookstore, Fisher Scientific, or Laboratory Safety Supply. Be sure that you purchase long laboratory coats that will extend to your knees.

When NOT to Wear Lab Coats

Laboratory coats should not be worn in public areas such as offices, eating areas, lounge areas, or any place outside of the laboratory. Your laboratory coat may transfer hazardous materials and/or contaminates into these areas and expose the general public.

Before you leave your laboratory, remove all personal protective equipment such as laboratory coats and gloves.

Laundering Laboratory Coats

These instructions are also available as a printable PDF.

Laboratory coats should not to be laundered in household washing machines nor a public laundrymat. Instead, Case Western Reserve University uses Merchants Linen Services for the monthly laundering of laboratory coats/scrubs.

Case Western Reserve University uses Merchants Linen Services for the monthly laundering of laboratory coats/scrubs. To establish service, contact Merchants Linen representative for CASE, Jack Kenney at 216-961-3310. Once an account is established, drop off lab coats in the dock area of Shipping and Receiving in the Service Building or the dock area of the Wolstein Research Building (WRB). Leave laundry in a clear plastic bag, in the receptacle provided inside the dock area beneath the sign that reads, "Merchants Linen".

Merchants Linen Services recommends labeling lab coats/ scrubs with building and room number. Additionally, it is suggested that the following information be included in the bag:

Payment for laundry service is collected monthly. P-Card use will be permitted. An invoice will be returned with delivery showing the p-card payment for accounting purposes.

Drop-off / Pick-up Schedule

Coats/ Scrubs dropped off by Tuesday may be picked up on the following Tuesday. Clean lab coats are delivered on hangers to the same location where dropped off. BE SURE TO PICK UP YOUR CLEAN LABORATORY COATS ON TIME TO AVOID ANY POTENTIAL CONFUSION.

Complete the sign-in sheet that is posted near the receptacle where lab coats are dropped off in the Shipping/ Receiving dock area of the Service or Wolstein building. Write the drop-off date, PI name, department, room and phone number, and the number of lab coats on the sign-in sheet. When picking up lab coats, write PI name and date on the sign-in sheet.

If these procedures are not followed, lab coats will not be picked up.

If you have any questions you should contact EHS at (216) 368-2907.

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