When personal protective equipment is needed, it is required by regulation that a hazard assessment be made to identify the specific hazards of concern and the PPE required for protection from those hazards. This hazard assessment may be done for a work area, or for a specific experiment, job, or task. The protective equipment is selected based on the hazard assessment. The hazard assessments are completed by the DLC EHS Coordinator.
General laboratory personal protective equipment (PPE) is required for work when hazards are associated in the lab. PPE can be selected on a case by case basis. At a minimum, everyone entering/working in a lab must be wearing closed toed shoes and pants. Other measures of PPE include safety glasses, lab coats and gloves.
-Safety glasses provide impact resistance and very minor splash protection.
-Over-the-glasses safety glasses are designed to be worn over prescription glasses. Regular prescription glasses are not a suitable substitute for safety glasses. *Prescription safety glasses can be ordered through your DLC/PI*
-Safety goggles provide a greater level of splash protection.
-Selected based upon hazards present. Flame Resistant, Chemical resistant, Poly/cotton or cotton lab coats for general chemical and biological hazards.
-Nitrile is the most common type of disposable glove, though there are other material types available. Select the glove material appropriate for the chemicals being used in your experiment.
Additional protection against specific types of hazards (e.g- safety goggles for a higher level of eye protection and flame resistant or chemical protective lab coats).