Quick Start Guide
Chapter 19: Personal Protective Equipment
Program: Personal Protective Equipment
Revision Record: http://www.lbl.gov/ehs/pub3000/Pub3000Changes.html
Who needs to know about these requirements?
The requirements of the Personal Protective Program apply to:
- Anyone at LBNL before entering a technical area, construction area, or other area with postings or markings requiring Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
- Anyone working in or walking through any environment where chemical or biological agents are stored or handled; where radioactive materials are stored or handled; where physical hazards exist; where any potential hazard to eyes, feet, head, or skin is present; where hearing damage is possible; where construction poses a risk for injury or illness.
Inadequate use of Personal Protective Equipment may lead to:
- Injuries (including loss of body members and fatalities) to personnel (burns, lacerations, eye damage, hearing loss, radioactive contamination, being struck by falling objects, electric shock, inhaling harmful substances)
- Extra costs and delays
What you need to do before performing work:
1. Define work/protocols.
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) must be established for all Technical Areas.
- The following PPE fulfill minimum requirements for labs or shops where chemical or biological materials are stored or handled: protective eyewear, long pants, close-toed shoes.
- The following additional PPE may be required based on specific hazards: head protection, respiratory protection, hand protection, skin protection, face protection, toe/foot protection, and hearing protection.
- Unless otherwise noted, the following PPE fulfill minimum requirements for construction sites: nonconductive hard hats, safety glasses, shirts with sleeves, long pants, reflective vests, and steel-toed (or equivalent) shoes.
- For more information, see Section 19.1.1 (LBNL PPE Policy).
2. Analyze hazards. Perform risk-assessment.
3. Develop controls. Inform others of these requirements and post relevant PPE requirements on entrance placards.
Where to find out more:
Whom to contact for help:
For assistance with Personal Protective Equipment questions, contact the appropriate SME:
- General PPE requirements – Michael Wisherop, ext. 7407
- Protective footwear (shoe mobile schedule) – Cecilia Tamayo, ext. 5321
- Laboratory (chemical) PPE – Larry McLouth, ext. 5286
- Hearing protection – Herb Toor, ext. 5918
- Respiratory protection – Herb Toor, ext. 5918
- Electrical PPE – Mark Scott, ext. 4694
- Construction PPE – Rob Connelly, ext. 4028
- Laser protective eyewear
- Greta Toncheva, Laser Safety Officer, ext. 7579
- Robert Fairchild, Deputy LSO, ext. 2278
- Fall protection – Matt Rice, ext. 7512