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Mount Sinai School of Medicine...

Personal Protective Equipment Guide...

Philip G. Hauck, MS, MSHS, CIH,SM(NRM) May,2002...

Mount Sinai School of Medicine...

Personal Protective Equipment Guide Introduction This guide is being provided to you as a brief overview of the types of personal protective equipment available, suggested uses and protective capabilities. It is by no means exhaustive in content. Where appropriate, sources for further research are provided in order to enable you to select the appropriate ensemble that will provide sufficient protection against an anticipated hazard. In order to initiate this process, you must have some idea of the hazard(s) that will present themselves during the research procedures you will be using. In special cases where the hazards are not fully known, then selection should be made only after consulting with the Chemical Safety Officer, the Biosafety Officer, the Radiation Officer, or in the rarest cases, all three. In order to safely use a respirator, you must have a physical evaluation by a licensed health care provider, as required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, in the Standard 29 CFR 1910. 134. See ...

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You must also participate in an eleven-point respirator maintenance program that ensures that the respirator will serve its purpose when required. If at any time, any of the material is not clear to you, or you want specific, handson training, please contact the Biosafety Officer at extension 41451. Types of Garments There are many types of garments for different uses in the laboratory setting. There are multiple-use items such as aprons, lab coats, smocks, house coats, made of natural fiber which can be laundered and re-used over and over. There are single use items such as the paper or single-layer equivalents of the garments mentioned above, which are intended to be disposed of immediately after use. It is important to identify what garment will work for you, provide the protection required of it, and do this in the most economical application possible. Obviously, you will not dispose of a cotton / polyester lab-coat after each use...but it may not be as obvious that some of the disposable garments can be used several times before disposal, depending again, on what agents, hazards are present, and what protection is needed from the garment. Lab coats, smocks, and aprons go a long way to protect ...

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