Ha, I'm gonna stir the soup and show off. Being in a forensic lab, we wear lab coats to protect the samples from US . I wear a coat, 2 pairs of gloves, a mask and sometimes sleeves. In a lab where I used to work, we had total coverall and that was really painful in the summer (hot). So we had a room to undress in the morning and could only keep underwears, then we'd put the coverall and on top of that a face shield. I'm glad I don't have to do that here. Pito is right about lab coats being worn for weeks (months?) without being washed. Seen that . Yuk. In my lab, tadaa, we have paper lab coats and change everyday..lala..I told ya I'd show off.
Oh and a vestibule between the lab and the hall where the coats are stored. I love my life.
Concerning googles, I wouldn't mind wearing them if I didn't get this fog each time I breathe but then it happens because of the mask. Each case is different. Common sense is the rule, right pito?
Thats my motto.. think before you act.
And offcourse, sometimes you wear a coat to protect the sample. Forensic science for example.
Does remind me of an experiment I worked on, plant pathogens.. Each time I needed to get into the small greenhouse, I had to wear a trow away fullbody coat, damn that was hot, it didnt breath at all and made me sweat like hell, after a few times I got so tired of it that I undressed (yes yes, kept my underwear on
) before putting it on (most people just kept their regular clothes on etc and wore the coat above those clothes, but they didnt need to be in the greenhouse for too long nor did they dislike the heat as much as me..) and offcourse someone grapped my pants, shirt and sweater (knowing I couldnt keep the trow away coat on since it would contaminated everything) ... that day I walked through the lab wearing nothing but my boxershorts.... offcourse the first comment I got from the first person I passed (the senior professor, who was never at the lab normally, now all of a sudden he was
, he was the "big boss" of the lab): "djezus man, that you dont wear a lab coat is fine, but hell, dont exaggerate..." and then laughter coming from inside his office.. who would have known that the big boss himself stored my clothes in his office with all the rest of the people of my lab
I never found it who took my clothes .... the big boss just stored them because someone asked him to do.. and he refused to tell me who
Googles: yeah, you need to buy good googles that dont give too much fog.
seanspotatobusiness is also right: you also need to know who is in the lab ... but I make sure no one can drop stuff on me or splash things in my face.. we have a good lab, you dont need to annoy eachother to take stuff etc..
If you don't know it, then ask it! Better to ask and look foolish to some then not ask and stay stupid.