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)         

Respiratory Protection Plan (url)

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 Requirements

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. 

Resources

Labels, Signs, Forms

Guidance

Product Links

External Reference

PPE Assessment Form (url, Qualtrics) Flame Retardant (FR) Lab Coat Fact Sheet (2 mb, pdf) FR Lab Coat Purchase Information (395 kb, pdf) Hierarchy of Controls (107 kb, pdf)
PPE Certification Form (14 kb, .docx) FR Lab Coat Guidelines (133 kb, pdf) Prescription Safety Glasses Program (40 kb, pdf)

North Respirators:

Respirator Medical Evaluation (272 kb pdf.) Glove Compatibility Chart (248 kb, pdf)  

Respiratory Protection Voluntary Use Form (147 kb, pdf)

Respirator Requirements (url)  
Task Based PPE Assessments (url, .docx)  
      OSHA Personal Protective Equipment (29 CFR 1910.132)