PPE Policies for Similar Institutions Brown University

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Nov 15, 2013 (3 years and 9 months ago)




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Brown University


“Appropriate eye protection shall be worn in the laboratory at all times.”


Summary: Lab coats are required in research laboratories where hazards are present (examples of
hazards are listed below). Eye protection is required in labs where physical hazards or hazardous
materials are present.

“Personal protective equipm
, such as gloves, lab coats and safety glasses/goggles,
to ensure that laboratory personnel are adequately protected from laboratory hazards.”

policy applies to all personnel, including faculty, staff, students and visitors, in t
University’s research laboratories

“A lab coat is required to be worn by all personnel in a research laboratory whenever there is a
potential for exposure to hazardous materials…Hazards include: Chemical, biological agents and
radioisotopes, corrosive

substance, flammable materials, open flames and hot processes,
pyrophoric materials.”

“Appropriate eye protection is required to be worn by all personnel in a research laboratory
whenever there is the potential for the eyes or face to be exposed to physic
al hazards or
hazardous materials.”


: Lab coats and safety glasses are required in laboratories.
Rooms where chemicals are
being used or automated processes are operating must wear eye protection

“Lab workers must, at a minimum, wear lab coats and safety glasses in the laboratory. Additional
protective equipment may also be required. Open toed shoes
must not
be worn into the lab.”

“No personnel may enter laboratories where chemicals are being handl
ed or automated processes
are in operation without eye protection.”

“Lab workers must wear lab coats while in a lab where chemicals are being handled.”


Summary: Eye protection is required in all laboratories where chemicals are used


Eye protection is mandatory in laboratories because of the obvious hazard
s of flying objects,
emicals, and corrosive vapors…

Eye protection shall be required in all labora
where chemicals are
used or stored.

Rec’d from Dr. J. Schweitzer, Directr of REM, early Sep 2013, info believed to be timely at this time.

Ohio State

Safety glasses are required for everyone entering a lab. Other PPE is determined
based on the specific hazards of the process (no requirements)


“Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

The decision to use any Personal Protective Equipment
(PPE) should firs
t start by reading the chemicals MSDS. Examples of PPE include gloves, eye
protection, body protection (Ex. lab coats) and respiratory protection (Ex. respirators or dust
masks). EHS provide
risk assessment

services including PPE evaluations for assistance with
choosing the appropriate PPE for the task or chemical hazard.”

Safety glasses with side shields are required for everyone entering the laboratory

“Laboratory coats or
aprons shall be worn by laboratory employees whenever handling liquids or
powders that are injurious to the skin or absorbed through the skin, or when performing
operations in “designated areas”.

Purdue University

PPE requirements are dictated by the proc
ess being performed.

Each affected employee shall…

Use appropriate eye and face protection equipment when exposed to hazards from flying objects
or particles, molten metal, fumes, chemical liquids, gases, vapors, dusts, acids, caustics, and
other potenti
ally injurious chemical or physical hazards.

UC Schools (All have the same policies)

: Lab coats and safety glasses are required when working with hazardous materials. For
some processes, anyone present in the room is also required to wear a lab c
oat and safety glasses.
Other processes require PPE for adjacent personnel (defined by X meters).

Requirements for PPE are for all UC schools. A very detailed guide is found at

PPE when working with, or adjacent to, hazardous material use areas within a
Laboratory/Technical Area

Laboratory coats

(or equivalent protective garments
) and protective eyewear are required to be
worn by all workers working with hazardous materials
In addition, laboratory

occupying the adjacent area
, who have the potential to be exposed to chemical splashes or other
hazards as determined by SOP requirements and/or the laboratory

hazard a
ssessment, are
required to wear laboratory coats

(or equivalent protective garments) and
protective eyewear


coats must be appropriately sized (and if necessary fitted) for the worker. Coats
must be buttoned/snapped to their full length. Laboratory coat sleeves must be of a sufficient
length to prevent direct skin exposure while wearing gloves.

Flame Resista
nt (FR
rated) laboratory coats

must be worn
when working with any amount of
pyrophoric materials.

rated lab coats are also required when working
with flammable liquids

in laboratories using open flames or other potential ignition sources; or as determin
ed by the
hazard assessment.

iii. Laboratory coats shall not be laundered at private residences or public laundry facilities. Any
protective clothing that becomes contaminated with hazardous materials must be decontaminated
prior to being laundered or appr
opriately discarded. Campuses are responsible for providing
suitable laundry services to maintain required laboratory coats.

iv. All protective eyewear must meet American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards
and be appropriate for the work being d
one. Typical prescription spectacles are not suitable eye
protection. Prescription safety glasses/goggles are available through individual campus
procurement offices.
Protective eyewear may be removed when using optical microscopes or
similar instruments,

requiring close contact between the eyes and the eyepieces.

: Spaces that do not have physical/chemical hazards.

Must receive written
from EH&S department

Document also states who is responsible for compliance.

Document has detail
ed charts for required PPE for certain processes for the researcher and
adjacent people.

Attire when occupying a Laboratory/Technical Area

“Full length pants and closed toe/heel shoes attire must be worn at all times by all workers who
are occupying or
entering a laboratory/technical area. The area of skin between the pants and
shoe should not be exposed.”


This means person is not “adjacent” to the hazards, however, some operations

all personnel in the room

to be wearing
lab coats and safety glas

(i.e. work with
large quantities of flammable solvents, pyrophorics, acutely toxic substances, etc)

University of Chicago

: Any laboratory occupant is required to wear eye protection, lab coat/apron, and
gloves while hazardous chemicals are bei
ng used.

At a minimum, the following personal protective equipment shall be worn by all


and other laboratory occupants (e.g., students, visitors) while hazardous chemicals are
being used:


Eye protection;


Laboratory coats/aprons; and



University of North Carolina

: Eye protection is required during any experiment or lab procedure

anticipated hazard.

University policy on
eye protection requires students, faculty, staff, and visitors

in laboratories
wear eye protective devices
during any experiment or laboratory procedure

(regardless of
anticipated eye hazards).

Appropriate protective apparel is advisable for most laboratory work and may be required for

University of Pennsyl

Summary: Lab workers are required to wear lab coats and safety glasses when in a lab where
chemicals are used. An exception is when the worker is sitting at his or her desk in the lab.
Visitors are required to wear eye protection in labs.

Lab work
ers must
, at a minimum,
wear lab coats and safety glasses

while in a lab
chemicals are handled.

Lab coats and safety glasses are not required when sitting at a desk in the

“To minimize the risk of eye injuries, the University of Pennsylvania requires that
all personnel,
including visitors, wear

eye protection

at all times while in research laboratories.

Ordinary prescription glasses do not provide adequate protec
tion against injury.”

“Lab coats made of 100% cotton are strongly recommended.

Lab coats containing Poly
blends and clothing made of synthetic fibers are not permitted where there is a risk of fire.”

University of Rochester

Summary: Visitors must
wear proper PPE based on activities in the lab. The supervisor is
responsible for documenting hazards and determining proper PPE.

Laboratory is defined as any part of a building used or intended to be used for scientific or
technical activities that may
store or use hazardous agents, including teaching laboratories,
research labs or clinical laboratories at on
and off
campus locations.

All visitors must wear the appropriate personal protective equipment or clothing
including, at a
minimum, but not limit
ed to, ANSI approved eye protection and gloves as dictated by the
activities in the lab.

Visitors must have long hair tied back
, no strings or other materials dangling from clothing, and
no outerwear in labs

(bulk coats can knock things over)

ors must document the physical, chemical, and biological hazards that may be present
in the workplace, determine if PPE is needed, and communicate this information to his or her

Employees shall wear appropriate protective safety glasses, goggl
es, or face shields

working in areas where LASER, ultraviolet, or other intense illumination is present, where flying
debris may strike the eyes, where there may be splashing of biologic agents including blood and
other body fluids, or where there may

be chemical splashes, mists, gases or vapors which may
cause illness, injury, or impairment.

University of Southern California


Safety glasses, lab coats (100% cotton), apron, and gloves are required when working
in university laboratories.

Minimum personal protective equipment

(PPE) for working in university laboratories is: safety
goggles or glasses; 100% cotton lab coats; chemical
resistant aprons; chemical
resistant gloves
(NOTE: Ensure that selected gloves are compatible with material be
ing used); long pants; loose
sleeved shirt; non
permeable, closed
toe shoes (also, see Appendix D Personal Protective
Equipment Selection).

University of Washington

Summary: Required PPE is documented for each laboratory. Eye protection is required
working with chemicals.

“Principal Investigators (PIs) or laboratory supervisors are required to assess the hazards based
on the procedures performed in the laboratory and the controls in use. If they identify that PPE is
required, the University mus
t provide personal protective equipment (PPE) at no cost to the

“The laboratory should have extra PPE available for loan to visitors if they will be allowed to
participate in the experimental procedures or if general laboratory rules require th
at all personnel
will wear the specified PPE.”

Appropriate eye protection must be worn when working with chemicals.

University of Wisconsin


Eye protection is required in all laboratories. Lab coats are strongly recommended
while working with toxic chemicals.

Wisconsin law requires eye protection for all laboratory workers
, so no one should work or be
inside a laboratory without proper eye

Laboratory Safety Guide (Office of
Chemical Safety)

Lab coats are worn when working with toxic chemicals

Washington University

Summary: Lab coat is required when working in a laboratory. Eye protection is required when
working with hazardous materials. When working with pyrophoric
s a flame
resistant lab coat
should be worn.

Lab coats must be worn while working in a laboratory


eye protection is required

while working
with hazardous materials

in the
laboratory. At a minimum, eye protection should consist of plastic safety glasses or prescription
glasses with full size side shields. Regular prescription glasses do not provide adequate eye

When working with pyrophorics

Chemical sp
lash goggles or safety glasses that meet the ANSI Z.87.1 1989 standard must be
worn whenever handling pyrophoric chemicals. A flame
resistant laboratory coat or coveralls
should be worn when using pyrophoric reagents.

Yale University

Summary: Anyone in a lab where hazardous materials are being used are required to wear safety
glasses. Anyone working with hazardous materials are required to wear safety glasses, lab coat,
and gloves.



Working in a lab

where hazard
ous materials are used:
Safety glasses

or prescription glasses,
gloves if touching potentially contaminated equipment, long pants or clothing that covers the
body to the ankles, and closed toe/solid top shoes.

Working with Hazardous materials

in all labora
tories (chemical, biological, radioactive):
glasses, lab coat, gloves

Yale has further requirements for working with different materials such as pyrophorics,
cryogenics, UV light, radioactive materials etc.

All requirements are in the
laboratory requirements table.

(great reference)

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