Protective Clothing

Most modern laboratory animal facilities require personnel to use special clothing while working in the facility. The main objective of this is to prevent microbiological contamination of the animals within the facility. The type of clothing will vary according to the degree of protection required and may consist of full surgical clothing with gown, cap, mask, and shoe covers to conventional changes of laboratory coat. The design of protective clothing is important. Coat or coverall arms should be designed such that allergens are not trapped inside the arm surface. The sleeves should have an elastic hem or other suitable mechanism. Alternatively, coverall arms should be rolled back so as to allow personnel to wash both hands and forearm. Several types of gloves are available on the market. Non-latex gloves are preferable to latex gloves, due to the risk of developing latex allergy.74

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