Personal protective equipment

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is equipment worn to minimize exposure to serious workplace injuries and illness. All PPE should be put on as soon as you enter the lab and worn at all times. Depending on the work that is performed in the lab, there are different personal safety considerations.

  • Lab coats are worn to protect your clothes from chemical spills.
  • If you are working with hazardous chemicals, make sure to wear appropriate eye protection.
  • Wear gloves when working with biohazardous substances or dangerous chemicals. Always check which types of gloves you should wear for specific chemicals.
  • If you are working with volatile chemicals, a respirator might be needed. Check with your supervisor to conduct the necessary training.

A figure of man shown wearing correct Personal Protectice Equipment, which are Goggles, Gloves, Lab Coat and Closed-toe shoes

Figure 1: Personal Protective Equipment.

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