Proper personal protective equipment is required in all lab settings when working with hazardous materials.
In order to determine what personal protective equipment (PPE) must be worn, OSHA requires a safety assessment be made prior to beginning work. When trying to determine what hazards are associated with a specific chemical, consult the safety data sheet (SDS) for information on those hazards.
At a minimum, the safety assessment should include:
When working with hazardous materials in undergraduate labs, the following minimum PPE requirements will apply (your instructor may call for additional PPE depending on the specific hazards of the chemicals you are working with):
In most cases, UB research labs will utilize an increased variety of hazardous materials compared to undergraduate labs. PPE choices are based on the requisite hazard assessment. Minimum PPE requirements for research labs include:
Before you put on PPE, always keep the following in mind: