Fact Sheet

Personal Protective Equipment

All personal protective clothing and equipment is of safe design and construction for the work to be performed.

PPE is maintained in a sanitary and reliable condition. Only those items of protective clothing and equipment that meet NIOSH or ANSI (American National Standards Institute) standards will be procured or accepted for use.

PPE should be inspected, cleaned, and maintained at regular intervals so that the PPE provides the requisite protection. Personal protective equipment shall not be shared between employees until it has been properly cleaned and sanitized. PPE will be distributed for individual use whenever possible.

Eye and Face Protection

All persons (staff, volunteers, guests) who may be in eye hazard areas wear protective eyewear.

Suitable protectors shall be used when employees are exposed to hazards from flying particles, molten metal, acids or caustic liquids, chemical liquids, gases, or vapors, or potentially injurious light radiation.

Wearers of contact lenses must also wear appropriate eye and face protection devices in a hazardous environment.

Side protectors shall be used when there is a hazard from flying objects.

For employees who wear prescription lenses, eye protectors shall either incorporate the prescription in the design or fit properly over the prescription lenses.

Emergency eyewash facilities will be provided in all areas where the eyes of any employee may be exposed to corrosive materials. All such emergency facilities will be located where they are easily accessible in an emergency.

Faceshields and goggles should be worn whenever procedures with a high potential for creating aerosols are conducted.

Appropriate eye and face protection should also be worn by all personnel entering animal rooms housing non-human primates.

Head Protection

Head protection will be furnished to, and used by, all employees and contractors engaged in construction and other miscellaneous work.

Head protection is also required to be worn by engineers, inspectors, and visitors at construction sites when hazards from falling or fixed objects, or electrical shock are present.

Foot Protection

Safety shoes or boots with impact protection are worn in work areas where carrying or handling materials such as packages, objects, parts or heavy tools, which could be dropped; and for other activities where objects might fall onto the feet.

Safety shoes or boots with compression protection are worn for work activities involving skid trucks (manual materials handling cars) or other activities in which materials or equipment could potentially roll over an employee’s feet.

Safety shoes or boots with puncture protection are worn where sharp objects such as nails, wire, tacks, screws, large staples, scrap metal etc., could be stepped on by employees causing a foot injury.

Sandals and other types of open-toed shoes are not permitted in labs using biohazards or chemicals, due to the potential exposure to infectious agents or toxic materials as well as physical injuries associated with the work.

Hand Protection

Suitable gloves are worn when hazards from chemicals, cuts, lacerations, abrasions, punctures, burns, and harmful temperature extremes are present. Gloves are worn in labs and animal rooms when handling infected animals and when skin contact with infectious materials, including blood and body fluids, is unavoidable.

Resources

http://www.cdc.gov/od/ohs/manual/pprotect.htm — Office of Health and Safety, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

American National Standards Institute, American National Standard ANSI Z41-1991, "Personnel Protection — Protective Footwear".

American National Standards Institute, American National Standard ANSI Z87.1-1989, "Practice for Occupational and Educational Eye and Face Protection".

American National Standards Institute, American National Standard ANSI Z89.1-1986, "Safety Requirements for Industrial Head Protection".

OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.132, "General Requirements"

OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.133, "Eye and Face Protection"

OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.135, "Head Protection"

Personal Protective Equipment Safety OSHA Regulation Checklist