Lab safety

Laboratory safety programs apply across many, if not all, campus laboratories. They are developed to ensure the health and safety of university members and to ensure legislatorial compliance. The programs also serve to set out university's program-specific requirements as well as to support education and training. The SFU Laboratory Safety Manual contains a comprehensive review of the SFU Laboratory Safety Program.

Personal protective equipment

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is the last line of protection between you and the hazardous material you are working with. Even after elimination, substitution, engineering, and administrative controls have been put in place, your work may still require you to directly handle hazardous materials. PPE is selected and worn to reduce your exposure.

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

Supervisors are required to ensure that:

  • PPE is available
  • workers know how to use it
  • PPE is in good condition
  • situations are remedied where workers are not wearing PPE as required
  • they present as a good role model by wearing PPE when working in the laboratory

What PPE is required?

Before beginning any work, the supervisor and employee should complete a risk assessment. This will involve identifying the hazards that you will be working with and determining which PPE controls are required to minimize risk.

Your work may require specialized PPE, such as aluminized heat resistant outerwear when working with open furnaces. These requirements should be discussed with your supervisor before beginning work.

PPE Overview

Review Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the Laboratory to familiarize yourself with the specific types of PPE that are required based on the hazard(s) that you are working with in the laboratory.

Refer to the Permeation/Degradation Resistance Guide for Ansell Gloves as a primer for glove selection.

If you have questions, please contact EHS.