Personal Protective Equipment

The laboratory environment contains many potential hazards. Most hazards can be reduced or eliminated by substitution and/or engineering controls. Substitution is the reduction or elimination of a hazard by replacing a high hazard material or procedure with a less hazardous one. When hazards cannot be adequately controlled with substitution and/or the implementation of engineering controls, personal protective equipment (PPE) is required. To learn more about other controls, see Appendix H for Hierarchy of Controls.

The PI and/or the Laboratory Supervisor will be responsible for selecting personal protective equipment. PPE issued to laboratory personnel must be appropriate for the task and will depend upon the proper hazard identification and assessment made by the PI and/or laboratory supervisor. Laboratory personnel must understand the use and limitations of the PPE. PPE includes, but is not limited to, laboratory coats and aprons, eye protection (safety glasses, face shields, etc.), and gloves. Laboratory personnel must wear proper PPE when it is required.