How do I get my lab coat cleaned/replaced if something spills on it?

Aramark is the approved vendor for lab coat laundering services. Aramark picks up and returns lab coats every week.

Steps:

  1. Whether a lab coat should be laundered, disposed of, or given to EH&S for decontamination will depend on what was spilled on the coat.

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    BSL1: 

    • Spray with 10% bleach.
    • Rinse after 20 minutes and let dry
    • Send for laundering

    If H-3 (Tritium)  contamination is suspected:

    • Place the lab coat in a sealed bag.
    • Label it with your name, date, and H-3 (Tritium).

    Small spill:

    • Pre-clean and rinse with water or soapy water
    • Dry
    • Send for laundering

    BSL2:

    • Small spill:
      • Spray with 10% bleach
      • Rinse after 20 minutes and let dry
      • Send for laundering
    • Large spill: Dispose of as biological waste.

    Report all spills to the campus biosafety officer at (510) 642-3073 or at bso@berkeley.edu.

    All other radionuclides:

    • Survey your coat with a radiation survey meter.
    • If any spot on the coat reads greater than two (2) times background, the coat is contaminated.
      • Place the lab coat in a sealed bag.
      • Label it with your name, date and radionuclide.
    Large spill: Dispose as hazardous waste.


    If you disposed of a lab coat as waste and need a replacement, request a lab coat using the Replacement Request Form: Eyewear and Coats.

  2. Check for proper labeling.
    • Your lab coat should bear a label like the one in the photo below. If your coat does not have proper labeling, contact the PPE coordinator at ppe@berkeley.edu.
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  3. Empty your pockets.
  4. Find out which laundry system to use.
    • Soiled campus lab coats are laundered using three different systems. To find out which system you should use:

      • Log into Labs @ Berkeley (L@B).
      • Click on Lab Coats.
      • Information about all of the lab coats issued to you and instructions for getting them cleaned will be displayed.

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For instructional lab coats, fill out the Instructional Lab Coat Wash Request form.