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Personal Protective Equipment

Personal protective equipment (PPE) refers to apparel that is designed to create a protective barrier against workplace hazards. Examples of PPE are gloves, gowns, lab coats, safety glasses, etc. While PPE is an important aspect of workplace safety, it should not be used as a substitute for engineering, work practice, and/or administrative controls. PPE should be used in conjunction with these controls. Defective or damaged PPE shall not be used.

OSHP PPE Resources

PPE Policy                     Clinical PPE Selection Form                  Laboratory PPE Selection Form

PPE Selection and Use

PPE Selection Guidelines (OSHA 2003)                   Fall Protection (OSHA 2012)                   MUSC Respiratory Protection Program

Fit Testing

For Current Employees or Students:

Fit Testing Instructions (look under "Annual Test")                              Annual Medical Fit Testing Questionnaire for N-95 Respirators

For New Employees or Students:

Fit Testing Instructions (look under "New Employee or Student")

Employee Respiratory Medical Questionnaire                                     Student Respiratory Medical Questionnaire

Clinical Areas

Clinical managers are responsible for determining the PPE required based on the hazards present or potentially present. Please consult the following resources to provide appropriate personal protection.

C-88 Policy: Work Practice Policy for Personnel Dealing with Cytotoxic (Antineoplastic) Drugs              OSHA Hospital e-Tool

Radiation Safety Manual

Tools for Selecting PPE  by Healthcare Professionals (CDC 2011)        

Research, Diagnostic, Teaching Laboratories

Principal Investigators and laboratory managers are responsible for determining and providing the PPE required based on the hazards present or potentially present. Please consult the following resources to provide appropriate personal protection.

Prudent Practices in the Laboratory: Handling, and Management of Chemical Hazards

Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories

Policy for Minors in Laboratories

Chemical Hygiene Plan

Support Areas
        *Engineering and Facilities, Grounds Maintenance, Housekeeping, Environmental services*

Supervisors of an area should perform a visual assessment of work areas and observe the workflow of tasks to identify potential hazards in their work areas. Supervisors working in the university and/or hospital should review their PPE policies (see below). Provide proper safety training and updates to all workers. Please find resources below for PPE-specific guidance.

University Engineering and Facilities Policy #119.00: Personal Safety Items and Safe Working Habits

Hospital Procedure 54: Employee Safety and Personal Protective Equipment 

PPE Selection Guidelines (OSHA 2003)                   Fall Protection (OSHA 2012)                   MUSC Respiratory Protection Program

Contact OSHP at 843-792-3604 for assistance with choosing PPE.

 
 
 

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