Personal Protective Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment is a third line of defense that is designed to protect workers from serious workplace injuries or illnesses resulting from contact with chemical, radiological, physical, electrical, mechanical, or other workplace hazards. Besides face shields, safety glasses, hard hats, and safety shoes, protective equipment includes a variety of devices and garments such as goggles, coveralls, gloves, vests, earplugs, and respirators. General Safety has developed a PPE program to protect the health and welfare of Georgia Tech employees in areas where there may be a risk of injury or exposure to hazardous substances or conditions employees who work in areas where physical hazards or the potential for physical hazards exist.

Your safety in the lab starts at what you wear to lab. Below are some of the basic requirements:

  • Long hair must be tied back
  • Long pants that cover to the ankle
    • Shorts and skirts not allowed
    • Pants that are frayed or torn are not recommended.
  • Shirts that cover your torso are required
    • Crop tops are not allowed.
  • Natural fibers are recommended because they are fire resistant
  • Nylons (aka pantyhose), Leggings, Jeggings are not recommended
  • Canvas shoes, open front or back shoes, open weave shoes, ballet flats, Crocs with holes are not allowed.
    • The best shoes for lab work completely enclose the foot and can be wiped clean.

Document detailing the requirements and responsibilities of using the proper PPE for the job