Well at first it seems kind of awkward but let me tell you what I was thinking from past few days. Currently I am studying and go to school. In school, whenever we have to go inside a chemistry lab then it’s compulsory for us to wear a lab coat; without one we were not allowed to enter and do experiments. But then one question arises is: Why it is compulsory?
Then I started finding solution for this question. I thought that we wear lab coat just for safety against all those chemicals we use for experiments but then if accidentally someone drops any concentrated acid then I guess that lab coat won’t be able to protect us. So if we wear something solid or something hard which can protect us from those chemical that might be helpful but we only wear a lab coat.
Then I thought that lab coats have so many pockets on them so it might help us to carry a few things but then again why don’t we use something else which is handy rather than a lab coat (still this example is quite useless).
After hours of thinking I am not able to come up with anything.
And also whenever anyone goes inside chemistry lab he/she wears a lab coat which is quite similar to everyone else’s. I.e. everyone wears same type of lab coat (a long, white colored coat) which is quite fascinating.
So my question is really simple: Why do we have to wear a lab coat when we go inside a chemistry lab and how come everyone uses same type of lab coat?