Personal Protective Equipment (Laboratory)
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.
PPE Hazard Assessment
All lab spaces are required have a completed PPE Assessment form available upon request. Please click on this link to access the form and when complete, print / save a digital copy for reference. All lab personnel must review the PPE requirements outlined in the completed PPE Assessment form and sign the PPE Certification Form.
Pre-populated Task Based PPE Assessments are available for select activities.
Training is required before any ND faculty or staff begins work requiring PPE. Training can be conducted in person (hands on) and / or assigned and completed through complyND. General PPE training is covered in the complyND Lab Safety training courses (RMS - Laboratory Safety Part 1, 2, 3, and Refresher), which are required annually.