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Personal Protective Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment

Responsibilities

PPE must be made available to laboratory workers to reduce exposures to hazardous biological, chemical and radioactive substances in the lab. PPE must be readily available and provided at no cost to the employee. It is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator to provide PPE to their employees. 

Requirements

Biological Laboratories

An area regulated by CDC/NIH biohazard requirements for Biosafety Level 1 and 2. Predominant hazards are eye and skin exposure to biological agents and chemicals. Minimum PPE requirements to work in a biological lab include: lab coat, long pants, fully enclosed shoes, safety glasses and gloves. 

Chemical Laboratories

An area regulated by OSHA 29CFR1910.1450 Laboratory Standard. The use of chemicals poses high exposure and risk based on the hazard, quantities, and types of operations. Predominant hazards are eye and skin exposure to chemicals. Minimum PPE requirements to work in a chemical lab include: lab coat, long pants, fully enclosed shoes, safety glasses and gloves. 

Radioactive Materials

Combination of biological and chemical laboratories, as listed above, might also include laser, radioactive material or x-ray hazards. Minimum PPE requirements to work in a radioactive materials-containing lab include: lab coat, long pants, fully enclosed shoes, safety glasses (specific for the rad/laser work) and gloves. 

Training for Personal Protective Equipment

Laboratory personnel must be trained in the selection, proper use, limitations, care, and maintenance of PPE. It is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator to ensure laboratory staff have received the appropriate training on the selection and use of proper PPE, that proper PPE is available and in good condition, and laboratory personnel use proper PPE when working in laboratories under their supervision. 

PPE should not be worn outside the lab—employees should be trained to remove all PPE when they leave the lab to enter public areas.

If you have further questions regarding PPE please review the EVMS Chemical Hygiene Plan, Biological Safety ManualRadiation Safety Manual 2016 and/or the Laboratory Safety Policy.