Personal Protective Equipment (Laboratory)

Overview

Personal protective equipment, commonly referred to as "PPE", is equipment worn to minimize exposure to hazards in the workplace.  Hazards in the workplace include: chemical, radiological, physical, electrical, mechanical, or other workplace hazards.  PPE may include items such as gloves, safety glasses and shoes, ear protection (plugs or muffs), hard hats, respirators, or body suits.  PPE must be considered the last line of defense and other hazard controls such as elimination, engineering or administrative controls must be considered prior to using PPE (see Hierarchy of Controls below).  The PPE program is designed to ensure employees receive the correct PPE and understand how to care for and use it.  

Written Program

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Program (719 kb, pdf)                                                

Training Requirements

Training is required before any ND faculty or staff begins work that requires PPE. Training shall be completed annually. Training can be assigned and completed through complyND. The course name is RMS - Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Fundamentals Training.

Resources

Laboratory PPE Assessment Form (132 kb, word)

Flame Retardant Lab Coat Fact Sheet (2 mb, pdf)

Laboratory PPE Assessment Instructions (566 kb, pdf)

FR Lab Coat Guidelines (133 kb, pdf)

Task Based PPE Assessments

FR Lab Coat Purchase Information (395 kb, pdf)
Laboratory PPE Certification (14 kb, word) Glove Compatibility Chart (248 kb, pdf)

Hierarchy of Controls (107 kb, pdf)

Prescription Safety Glasses Program (40 kb, pdf
Link to General Safety PPE Webpage  

Regulatory Requirements

OSHA Personal Protective Equipment 29CFR 1910.132