Laboratory Safety PPE

For many laboratory operations the risk of chemical exposure cannot be totally eliminated through the use of engineering and procedural control measures. For this reason, it is necessary to supplement such measures with the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and apparel. Because PPE functions as a barrier between the laboratory worker and the chemical hazard, rather than by actually reducing or eliminating the hazard, its use must always be in addition to (and never as a substitute for) appropriate engineering and procedural controls.

It is the responsibility of the principal investigator, lab manager, or lab supervisor of the laboratory to ensure that appropriate personal protective equipment is provided to and used by all laboratory personnel. Such equipment must be adequate to ensure personnel are protected from chemical exposure to the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract.


Proper Dress and PPE Lab Safety Video