If you have a question about the Lab Coat Laundry program beyond the information provided here, contact the DGSOM Research Safety Office:
The Lab Coat Laundry program provides a laundry service to researchers free of charge in the interest of encouraging researchers to wear protective clothing. User-owned coats and scrubs can be enrolled through the vendor’s retape process and laundered on a weekly basis at no cost to the lab. See below for enrollment and additional information.
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Lab Coat FAQs
This service is provided at no cost to researchers via funding dedicated for laboratory safety.
The David Geffen School of Medicine funds this service for researchers in the DGSOM at locations #3 – CHS, #4 – BSRB, #8 – Jules Stein, and #9 – MRL. Researchers from the Schools of Dentistry, Nursing, and Public Health are also welcome to enroll their coats free of charge.
“Retaping” refers to the vendor’s barcoding process, which involves manual input of information to generate a barcode. This is how you enroll your coat for the first time. We stick to the vendor’s terminology because it leads to better communication between end users and the vendor when necessary.
3 weeks for newly enrolled/retape coats and 2 weeks for previously enrolled coats.
At CHS, you will receive an email. Otherwise, expect to wait 3 weeks to see a newly/retape enrolled coat and 2 weeks for any previously enrolled coats that were washed. Remember, the vendor visits on Fridays.
Any UCLA personnel are welcome to utilize this program.
Clinicians are welcome to use the service, but should be aware that this is a laundry and not a dry cleaning service. The coats will not be pressed and may not offer the ideal presentation for patient interaction.
If you do not find your coat more than 3 weeks after dropping it off, please email our vendor. Feel free to copy and paste the following information to use as a template in your email. Please CC firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vendor email: email@example.com
Hi Mission Linen, I'm looking for my lab coat.
Owner name and email
PI First and Last Name
Lab Coat Laundry location
Mission Linen Barcode Number (if available)
Unique Coat information
Include photograph of coat if you have one
Await instructions from Mission Linen on how to proceed.