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Personal Protective Measures

  1. Protective laboratory clothing (uniforms, coats, gowns) must be available and worn properly fastened by all personnel, including visitors, trainees and others entering or working in the laboratory. Protective laboratory clothing must not be worn in non- laboratory areas.
  2. Gloves must be worn for all procedures that might involve direct skin contact with toxins, blood, infectious materials, or infected animals. Gloves should be removed carefully and either decontaminated before disposal in the regular waste stream (trash) or disposed of as biohazardous waste (red bag). Reusable gloves (e.g. insulated, chemical resistant, etc.) may be used only where necessary and must be appropriately decontaminated. See Glove Selection and Use.
  3. Approved face and eyewear (e.g. glasses, goggles, face shields, or other protective devices) must be worn when necessary to protect the face and eyes from splashes, impacting objects, harmful substances, UV light, or other rays.
  4. Hands must be washed after gloves are removed, before leaving the laboratory, and at any time after handling materials known or suspected of being contaminated. Proper handwashing involves the following steps:
    1. Wet both hands and wrists. Lather well using two squirts of soap or handwashing solution.
    2. Spread the lather to the back of the hands and wrists. Clean between the fingers. Washing time should be at least 10 seconds.
    3. Rinse hands and wrists well to remove all soap.
    4. Dry hands completely. Turn off the water using disposable towels when the faucet has handles. This prevents recontamination of the hands.
  5. The use of needles, syringes and other sharp objects should be strictly limited. Use them only when alternative methods are not feasible. Extreme caution should be used when handling needles and syringes to avoid autoinoculation and the generation of aerosols during use and disposal. Needles should not be bent or sheared. They should not be recapped. They should promptly be placed in an approved "sharps" container. Pasteur pipettes, glass slides, and coverslips should also be placed in approved "sharps" container for disposal. If recapping is necessary for a specific research procedure, use a one-handed technique.
  6. All spills, accidents, and overt or potential exposures must be reported to your supervisor. Seek immediate medical treatment. Injuries and/or exposures will be treated promptly when you report to Boynton Health Service or other medical facility near your work site.