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MARCH 2017
Selecting the Right Laboratory Coat
The Last Line

OF DEFENSE
CONTENTS
THE LAST LINE OF DEFENSE
SELECTING THE RIGHT LABORATORY COAT
Laboratory coats may appear similar in style and color, but some scientists may be surprised to discover that there is no universal laboratory coat suitable for protection from all laboratory hazards.
BY DEREK A. NEWCOMER, JULIANNE L. BARON, AND DAVID MARTINSON

“BRAND AMBASSADORS” IN REPUTATIONAL CRISES
USING EMPLOYEES AS EXTERNAL COMMUNICATORS IN RISK CONTROVERSIES
Employees will inevitably talk to their neighbors and post on social media about an ongoing controversy challenging an organization. IHs can help prepare them to communicate with the public about risk.
BY PETER M. SANDMAN

REVISITING RESPIRATORS FOR OXYGEN-DEFICIENT ATMOSPHERES
A COMPARISON OF OSHA AND Z88.2 APPROACHES TO RESPIRATORY PROTECTION
What are the differences between the OSHA and ANSI/ASSE Z88.2 requirements for O2-deficient atmospheres?
BY DAVID L. SPELCE, RICHARD W. METZLER, JAMES S. JOHNSON, TIMOTHY R. REHAK, AND ROY T. MCKAY

CONTRIBUTORS
DEREK A. NEWCOMER, FEATURE AUTHOR
CDR Derek A. Newcomer is a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service and is the Chief of the Technical Assistance Branch, Division of Occupational Health and Safety, NIH.
PETER M. SANDMAN,
FEATURE AUTHOR
Peter M. Sandman is a risk communication consultant and speaker.  
RICHARD W. METZLER, FEATURE AUTHOR
Richard W. Metzler, MSIE, a consultant based in Houston, Pa., is a past chair of the ANSI/ASSE Z88.2 subcommittee.
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