The primary methods for preventing employee exposure to hazardous materials are elimination, engineering and administrative controls. Where these control methods are not appropriate or sufficient to control the hazard, personal protective equipment (PPE) is required.
A work area assessment is required to determine the potential hazards and select the appropriate PPE for adequate protection. Employees must receive training which includes the proper PPE for their job, when this PPE must be worn, how to wear, adjust, maintain, and discard this equipment, and the limitations of the PPE. All training must be documented.
At N.C. State University, the minimum protective equipment required for a “no touch” visit to a laboratory where chemical, biological, radiological, or mechanical hazards are present is protective eye wear. For labs where chemical, biological, radiological hazards may present a risk to the visitor a lab coat should also be provided.
Minimum protective equipment for work in a laboratory where chemical, biological, radiological, or mechanical hazards are present includes a lab coat, protective eye wear, long pants and closed toe shoes. This clothing shall be supplemented, as necessary, with the appropriate gloves and other personal protective equipment (PPE) necessary for the tasks to be performed.
A general overview of PPE is provided, however, a work area assessment is required to determine the potential hazards and select the appropriate PPE for adequate protection.
General PPE Requirements
- Personal Protection Equipment Assessment Form
- Exposure Assessment and Prevention Information
- PPE Selection Considerations
- Skin Protection
- Filtering Facepiece Respirator Voluntary Use Employee Attestation
- Eye and Face Protection Information
- Eye and Face Protection Selection Guide
- Prescription Safety Glasses Guidance