PPE in Your Workplace

By Bob Colichio

Happy New Year!

As we start off this new year we need to comply with a change in the requirements for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in laboratories. Specifically the requirement to wear Safety Glasses at ALL times in labs where chemicals are stored and/or used. We will be posting signs on the entry doors to remind everyone. If you are performing a task in which safety glasses cannot be worn without obstructing vision (such as looking into a microscope or at a computer terminal) then you may remove them for that activity, but keep them close by.

Standard safety glasses are available through Bob Colichio. If you require prescription safety glasses see Bob or your Departmental Office for forms which you will then bring to the on-site Safety Glass office. The on-site optician will not perform an eye exam but will fill an existing prescription that is no older than 2yrs. If you give the optician the phone number of your Doctor she will call for you.

We will be sending out further instructions regarding the requirements for lab coats in laboratories once the kinks have been worked out.

If you have any questions please contact Ann Emrick or Bob Colichio


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