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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required anywhere that exposure to hazardous materials cannot be prevented by elimination, engineering, or administrative controls.

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.

Lab Coats

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  • For non-flammable chemicals or small quantities of flammables


  • For larger quantities of flammables where flame flashback is likely


  • For the handling of pyrophoric liquids



Ear Plugs

  • Offer the greatest level of protection
  • Light and compatible with other PPE
  • Must be replaced daily

Ear Muffs

  • Allows for easier communication by lifting up the muff to hear
  • Easier to fit
  • Can be uncomfortable in hot environments

Eyes and Face

Safety glasses

  • Prevents impacts from particles and flying objects


  • Protection from flying particles, liquid splashes, heat, and glare.

Face Shields

  • Used for pouring liquids and working with molten metals or corrosives. Note: Safety glasses should always be worn under face shields.

* Prescription glasses alone may not be used as eye protection.


Used when engineering controls and safe work practices are not enough to prevent overexposure to an inhalation hazard or irritant.

Contact EH&S for a workplace assessment and fit test if you believe a respirator is needed.


More Information

Visit our Safety Plan webpage –  https://ehs.ncsu.edu/safety-plan/

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