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Pages: Personal Protective Equipment and Clothing

The purpose of the Personal Protective Equipment program is to protect employees from work place hazards and the risk of injury through the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). PPE is not a substitute for more effective control methods and its use will be considered only when other means of protection against hazards are not adequate or feasible. It will be used in conjunction with other controls unless no other means of hazard control exist.

This program addresses general PPE requirements, including eye and face, head, foot and leg, hand and arm, and body (torso) protection. Separate programs exist for respiratory protection, hearing protection, electrical protection and fall protection.

PPE such as protective clothing, respirators, safety glasses/goggles, and gloves shall be used to protect against chemical, radiological, biological, or mechanical hazards and irritants capable of causing injury through physical contact, absorption or inhalation.

Safety goggles, disposable gloves, laboratory coats and other protective clothing are standard for routine laboratory activities when working with hazardous materials.  Laboratories must also provide personal protective equipment (i.e. safety glasses, laboratory coat) for visitors and post signs indicating what PPE is required where hazardous materials are in use. Gloves must be removed before leaving the lab, and lab coats may only be worn in research areas.  PPE should not be worn in break areas, offices, bathrooms or other areas where personnel would expect an environment free of contamination with hazardous materials.

Personal protective equipment is not typically supplied by EH&S. However, EH&S will assist with recommendations on specific types and uses of protective equipment.


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