Office of Research

VI. Personal Protective Equipment

Personal protective equipment (PPE) includes gloves, safety glasses, goggles, face shields, aprons, respirators, etc. The PPE necessary for protection while being exposed to hazardous chemicals, flying particles, damaging light sources, etc. must be provided to employees. Proper use of protective equipment is essential to prevent exposure. Supervisors must instruct employees as to what personal protective equipment must be worn. This equipment must be kept clean and stored in such a manner that it is protected from contaminants, dirt, dust or any atmosphere that might cause damage or deterioration of the equipment. Protective clothing should always be free from holes, rips, or tears.

  • Gloves should be selected based on the chemicals being handled, or the task being performed.
  • Eye protection, safety glasses or goggles, must meet ANSI (American National Standards Institute) Z87.1 standards.
  • Safety goggles should always be worn whenever a potential chemical splash hazard or flying particle hazard exists (a faceshleld might also be required for certain activities).
  • Goggles used for this purpose should have indirect vents (vents should be covered). Eye protection, safety glasses or goggles, must meet ANSI (American National Standards Institute) Z87.1 standards.
  • They must fit well, be reasonably comfortable, and not interfere with vision.
  •  If an employee wears prescription lenses, safety glasses or goggles must be worn over prescription glasses whenever eye protection is required unless the prescription glasses are approved safety glasses (ANSI Z87.1).
  • Safety glasses must always have side shields.
  •  Departments may choose to cover all or part of the purchase price of prescription safety glasses.  Contact Procurement for information about the University contract for a local provider.
  • If the use of respirators is required for specific tasks, employees must be enrolled in the University Respiratory Protection Program. This covers all type of respiratory protection equipment, including dust/mist type respirators. Contact the Office of Research Safety for information on the Respiratory Protection Program.
  • No employee is allowed to wear a respirator until approval is given by the Office of Research Safety.
  • Chemically resistant coveralls or aprons should be used when needed and type/material selected according to materials being handled/contacted.

For additional information or assistance with the selection of PPE, contact Naomi Kelly (650-8155) or Candis Duncan (656-0989).