Lab Coat Laundry

Program Overview

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.

Get set up in 4 simple steps:

Step 1
Obtain Lab Coats/Scrubs
Step 2
Choose a Location
Step 3
Enroll a New Coat or Scrub Piece via the Retape Process
Step 4
Wash an Enrolled Coat or Scrub Piece via the Soil Bin Process

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 – Warren Hall, #7 – 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.

When you first enroll (Retape) a coat, expect to wait two weeks after the closest Thursday pickup for your coat to be returned. Expect to wait one week for basic laundry service (Soil Bin process).

At some locations, you will receive an email. Otherwise, expect to wait two weeks to see a newly enrolled coat and one week for any enrolled coats that were washed. Remember, the vendor visits on Thursdays before 10:00 am.

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.

Sometimes coats may be delayed due to a large volume of use. If your coat’s return is delayed, follow up directly with the vendor according to the instructions.

It’s extremely rare, but coats have sometimes been lost. Keep careful records of the coats that you drop off and follow up directly with the vendor according to the instructions.

Web-Based Log Sheet

Bookmark and use it instead of the paper log sheet. Works on both mobile devices and desktop computers.

Available Now for Jules Stein and CHS. Coming soon to other locations!

Lab coat log sheet

Lost Lab Coat?

Here's what to do next.

This workflow will guide you through your next steps. Contact with any questions.

Missing coat workflow