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Lab Apron

Lab apron used in laboratory

1. What is a lab apron?
    1.1 The difference between lab apron and coat
    1.2 The difference between lab coat and doctors’ coat
    1.3 Why do you wear a lab apron?
2. Types of lab apron
    2.1 Classify with materials
    2.2 Classify with colors
3. Lab apron function
4. How to use a lab apron?
    4.1 What is personal protective equipment?
    4.2 How to apply PPE to lab apron?
5. How to buy a lab apron?

What is a lab apron?

A lab apron is designed to be worn in combination with a lab coat to provide extra protection when pouring corrosive chemicals, using an acid bath, or manipulating chemicals in a manner that increases the likelihood of splashes or spills. Acids conduct electricity, which means contact could cause a shock. Acids react with lipids and it can cause damage to skin tissue as well as it can cause burns if the acids are strong because acids break down fabrics.

The difference between lab apron and coat

Wear protective clothing in chemistry laboratories that resist physical and chemical hazards when exposure may occur. A lab coat is appropriate for minor chemical splashes and solids contamination, while a plastic lab apron or rubber lab apron is best for protection from corrosive or irritating liquids.

The difference between lab coat and doctors’ coat

Medical school or Pre-med students typically wear a shorter-length coat, which is usually accompanied by uniform scrubs and the coat hits at the waist. A doctor normally wears a longer coat than the students, hitting above or at the knee. Half sleeve doctor's apron is a normal fitting among them.

Why do you wear a lab apron?

Lab aprons provide protection of skin and personal clothing from incidental contact and small splashes. They prevent the spread of contamination outside the lab if they are not worn outside the lab. They also provide a removable barrier in the event of incidents involving a spill or splash of hazardous substances.

The lab coat is designed to prevent the clothing and skin from chemicals that may be spilled or splashed. An apron is an alternative choice to the lab coat. It is usually made of plastic or rubber to protect the wearer against corrosive or irritating chemicals. Normally, the lab coat should be worn over garments that cover the arms and body. Here are the reasons why you should wear the apron for chemistry lab as follow:

A laboratory apron or lab coat provides substantial barrier protection to avoid coming into direct contact with hazardous substances in the laboratory.

A good lab safety apron or lab coat is semi-fire retardant. The ideal material for a lab coat or apron is 35/65 polycotton (35% polyester and 65% cotton). Material Polyester offers chemical resistance and ease of maintenance whilst cotton offers semi-fire-retardant properties.

A lab coat or apron science lab prevents cross-contamination. If you keep your lab coat on in the lab will retain contamination within your laboratory and will reduce or prevent cross-contamination into other areas.

An apron for science lab or lab coat can be removed quickly in an emergency. For example, if a fire or dangerous spill occurs, your lab coat, especially if it has press studs, can be pulled off in a matter of seconds to immediately bring distance between you and the hazard.

A good chemical lab apron or clean lab coat indicates professionalism and distinguishes a laboratory individual as a specialist in their field.

A lab coat with an elastic cuff will help to keep your sleeves out of your experiment and keep you in control of your workspace. Meanwhile, it will protect your arms from potential hazardous splashes. A chemical lab apron worn with the lab coat makes better protection.

A lab coat will protect your regular clothing from dust, dirt, and non-obvious contamination in the laboratory as well as a lab apron.

Types of lab apron

Classify with materials

Plastic lab aprons / Disposable lab aprons
Rubber lab apron
The Cath lab lead apron refers to clothing made of lead (Pb) rubber, generally used for X-ray and nuclear industry radiation environment protection, suitable for doctors, patients who need X-ray radiation, laboratory personnel, industrial radiation environment construction, and monitoring personnel, etc.

Lead apron cath lab

Classify with colors

There are many colors for your options when you are choosing a lab apron. The yellow lab apron, black lab apron, navy blue apron for lab, white apron for chemistry lab, and blue apron for lab are the most popular colors for the lab technician apron around the world.

Lab apron function

There are many applications for a chemistry practical apron in the lab with more than basic protection. In laboratory settings, aprons can be used as a substitute for protective equipment when analyzing samples with chemical or thermal hazards. A common use of the lab apron is to protect from spilled blood and other bodily fluids. Laboratory aprons may also be used to prevent contamination when handling organic materials such as plants and animals, cutting meat into sections for cooking, pharmaceuticals containing talcum powder, and microorganisms that could cause disease if handled improperly. The Occupational Safety and Health regulations on basic safety practices recommend wearing an apron before performing any activities that may cause splashes from liquid or steam and when working around gas and airborne viruses.

Laboratory coats and aprons should be provided for the protection and convenience of laboratory operators. The operators should wear them at all times in the laboratory area. Laboratory coats or aprons should not be worn in the dining room or other areas outside the laboratory due to the potential for absorption and accumulation of chemicals in materials.

How to use a lab apron?

The chem lab apron should fit comfortably and extend from just below the neck to just above the tops of the feet. It is better to visually inspect the apron material before putting it on and be certain that there are no tears or holes. Please do not use an apron that is not completely intact. If the laboratory apron suffers splashes or other chemical/biological contamination during use, contaminants should be cleaned from its surface before or immediately after removing it.

Dress for work in the laboratory is very important. You should wear clothing and shoes that cover exposed skin and protect you from potential splashes. Tie back your long hair, jewelry, or anything that may catch in equipment is also very necessary. You should never eat food, chew gum, apply cosmetics, drink beverages or handle contact lenses in the laboratory. Wearing lab aprons is an important part of personal protective equipment (PPE).

What is personal protective equipment?

Personal protective equipment is equipment worn to minimize exposure to hazards that cause serious workplace injuries and illnesses which is commonly abbreviated as "PPE". These injuries and illnesses may result from contact in laboratories with chemical, radiological, physical, electrical, mechanical, or other workplace hazards. PPE may include items such as gloves, safety glasses and shoes, earplugs or muffs, hard hats, respirators, coveralls, vests, and full bodysuits. Personal protective equipment can include items such as gloves, hard hats, vests, safety glasses and shoes, earplugs or muffs, respirators, coveralls, vests, lab aprons, lab coats, and full bodysuits.

How to apply PPE to lab apron?

It is vital that lab workers wear the correct protective clothing for the task they intend to carry out. Lab coats and safety glasses should be prepared, as are gloves and plastic aprons.

You need to issue a lab coat before you start work in the laboratory and must wear it at all times when working in the lab. Lab coats are your first defense line. They are not just worn to keep your clothes dry and clean, they are also to protect against chemical splashes and spillages and in some cases heat and fire. If something spills on your clothes it is much easier to remove a lab coat quickly to prevent the substance from coming into contact with your skin, than it is to remove your clothing.

Make sure your lab coat is done up and your sleeves are rolled down during operation. A lab coat that is flapping about is very dangerous in the lab because it can easily catch on things, knock things over, etc. If you are going to take things out of a hot oven, keeping your sleeves rolled down can help to protect against burns to your forearms. Besides, lab coats must not be worn outside the laboratory area.

The chemistry practical apron is provided for use with Hydrofluoric acid. It is important that these are worn over a lab coat when carrying out any procedure using HF as Lab coats are not an adequate defense against splashes or spills of HF. Once work has finished the lab aprons must be wiped down, even if you do not suspect that they are contaminated.

How to buy a lab apron?

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