A lab coat is formally known as a laboratory coat but also often referred to as a white coat, they are tailored to be knee-length and are usually light or white in colour. Laboratory coats are used to maximise safety and comfort in the workplace, they help prevent and protect a user's skin from harmful chemicals and contamination. In some workplaces, men, women and others must wear a coat as it is considered personal protective equipment.
Ladies lab coats and lab coats for men will be tailored in a different way, this is to ensure a good fit and optimal comfort. Alternatively, a unisex lab coat option is available which fits all shapes and sizes.
What material are Lab Coats made of?
A lab coats fabric is the basis of where it can be used and what it can protect the user against. Many can be used in multiple environments.
- Cotton Lab Coat - Fit the needs of those that work within an engineering or laboratory environment. Commonly this material is mixed with polyester and is named polycotton.
PE (Polyethylene) Lab Coat - Offer a barrier against non-hazardous chemicals and particles. They would be a brilliant choice as a doctor's coat or workwear within a laboratory environment. Polyester Lab Coat - This lab coat is available with material properties that enable it to be anti static. Polyester lab coats allow for excellent dye retention, allowing clear visible accidental spillages to be seen. These white coats can be used as a medical coat or a science coat. Polypropylene Lab Coat - Commonly available as a disposable lab coat, a piece of clothing that is worn for one-time use. These laboratory coats offer protection to medical staff in critical conditions, in the lab or often used as part of a scrubs uniform.
Typical Applications for Lab Coats?
Wearing a white lab coat is common practice for many professionals, the functionality of them allows workers to complete tasks safely and with peace of mind. Below is a handful of those that may use one in their workplace.
Scientists and Research Nurses and Doctors Electricians Microbiologists Medical Practitioners and Chemists Vets
Why choose RS for a Lab Coat?
RS has a range of lab coats from leading brands such as 3M, Muzelle Dulac, Kimberley Clark and our very own brand RS PRO. We also have specialist technical advisors on hand to answer questions you may have or if you need any advice.