Personal protective equipment, commonly referred to as "PPE", is equipment worn to minimize exposure to serious workplace injuries and illnesses (OSHA, 2014). Personal protective equipment typically includes the following items: safety glasses, gloves, laboratory coat, goggles, ear plugs, respirators, and full body suits.
When choosing PPE you should review the UIC Laboratory Hazard Assessment for your lab that pairs with UIC’s PPE Guide. By using both documents, you will be able to enhance your understanding of the basic PPE requirements for laboratory research.
To assist in the glove selection process, UIC has collected different glove compatibility charts from different manufacturers of chemical resistant gloves. Review these charts before selecting gloves for your research. In addition, the campus has a respirator protection program that offers guidance on respirator usage. Before using a respirator, one must be medically evaluated by UIC Health Services, complete the on-line respirator training, and get fit tested.
UIC Laboratory Hazard Assessment
PPE Pictoral Guide
Respiratory Protection Program
Glove Compatibility Charts
Resistance Guide for Ansell Chemical Resistant Gloves
Resistance Guide for Jackson Safety G80 Nitrile Gloves
Resistance Guide for Kimberly Clark Nitrile Gloves
Resistance Guide for Microflex Chemical Resistant Gloves
Resistance Guide for North Chemical Resistant Gloves