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Personal protective equipment (PPE)

Lab coat must always be used in the lab. The lab coat must be buttoned and have long sleeves. It should hang in the lab when not in use and sent to laundry regularly.

Safety glasses or a screen must always be used at risk of splashing, aerosols forming or particulates emanates from your work or from someone elses nearby. Yor own glasses are not safety glasses. It is OK to wear contact lenses and safety glasses.

Disposable protective gloves should preferably be made of nitrile. Vinyl or latex gloves are worse alternatives. A good model is longer gloves that can be pulled up over the sleeve of the lab coat to avoid a gap. The gloves must be changed often and taken off when you leave the lab, so as not to contaminate the surroundings and expose colleagues for unnecessary exposure risk. Protective gloves are disposed of as hazardous waste.

Be aware that chemicals, sooner or later, goes through a protective glove. This can be done without apparent effect of the material and without feeling. Apart from working with hazardous chemicals protective gloves must also be used when working with:

1.  Animal
2.  Blood and blood preparations
3.  Biological agents
4.  Dirty work

PLEASE NOTE! Be sure to not to use contaminated gloves outside the lab (avoid doors and cabinet handles etc). Take off the gloves whenever you leave/take a break in the task!

Covered work shoes must be used at the risk of spills.

Respiratory protection must always be used for protection against harmful pollutants in the air unless you are protected by other means such as by working in fume hood/ventilated bench or similar. Contact EMV's HMS Coordinator Katarina Johansson for more information.

Hearing protectors must always be used at the risk of exposure to harmful noise. The work should be planned and conducted so that exposure can be reduced at the source or reduced to a minimum. Also in other contexts, it may be appropriate to use hearing protection to avoid the tiring effects of continuous exposure to monotonous noise such as work in LAF cabinets with noise > 55 dB(a).

Risks are eliminated or reduced in the following order:

• Dangerous substances to be replaced by less hazardous
• Working practices, processes, and technical devices are chosen so that the risk is reduced
• Protective measures taken in case of hazard
• The work is sited to specific time or place
• Personal protective equipment is used

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