Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the Laboratory

    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is the last line of defense against exposure to hazardous materials. Exposure control strategies such as:

  • elimination/substitution,
  • engineering controls, and
  • administrative controls

should be the first consideration to reduce exposure. PPE must always be used in conjunction with one or more of the foregoing strategies and should never be the only mode of controlling exposure.

    According to WorkSafeBC regulations, SFU is responsible for ensuring a safe workplace to protect all workers, which includes providing and maintaining PPE. WorkSafeBC mandates that workers wear appropriate apparel and use appropriate eye, face, hand, and foot protection when working with hazardous materials.  

    Environmental Health & Research Safety (EHRS) has summarized key information about required PPE when working in a laboratory. Please refer to the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the Laboratory document 

    If you have any questions or concerns regarding the selection of appropriate personal protective equipment, please contact EHRS.