PPE and Laboratory Hazard Assessment Tool (LHAT)
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Policy
UC Irvine’s Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) program provides labs with personal protective equipment (PPE) at no charge. The University of California policy and regulatory standards require the supervisor to select Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for workers under their supervision based on an assessment of hazards in the workplace which those workers are likely to encounter.
Each eligible lab member will receive: (for the duration of their time at UCI)
- 2 lab coats
- A pair of safety glasses
- A pair of splash goggles
Please ensure you are wearing long pants, closed-toe shoes, the appropriate lab coat and protective eyewear in the lab. Wearing prescription glasses alone will not protect your eyes from impact and splash hazards.
Laboratory Hazard Assessment Tool (LHAT)
The Laboratory Hazard Assessment Tool (LHAT) is an online safety solution intended to identify and communicate hazards present in a lab or research area to prevent workplace illness and injuries. It offers the ability to easily maintain lab hazard assessments, determine PPE needs and maintains training records required to help ensure that lab members are properly protected. Use of the LHAT is required for all laboratories using chemicals, biological agents, radioactive materials or other hazards.
For detailed instructions on completing the LHAT requirements, refer to the following:
If you are experiencing issues with the LHAT system, please contact Risk and Safety Solutions (RSS).
PPE and Lab Coat Laundry
All fittings for PPE are now being conducted virtually.
Before submitting your request for PPE:
- Please complete the LHAT Requirements
- Have your PPE Voucher available or know what types of lab coats are listed on your voucher (found on the Next Steps page of your lab’s Hazard Assessment)
- Refer to the Lab Coat Fitting Guide for assistance with selecting the appropriate PPE size/style
To request lab coats, safety glasses and/or splash goggles, please complete and submit the Virtual PPE Fitting Form.
After submission of the Virtual PPE Fitting Form, the Laboratory PPE Coordinator will respond in 5-7 days with additional questions or pick up instructions.
If you have questions about obtaining PPE for your lab, please contact the Laboratory PPE Coordinator at email@example.com.
Laundry services for EH&S-issued lab coats are free of charge. Lab coats (personal or from other institutions including UCs) without a UCI-specific barcode will not be returned.
Lab coats at UCI are laundered by Mission Linen, a company committed to following laundering best practices and accredited by the Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council to process textiles for hospitals and other healthcare facilities.
- Lab coats are picked up/dropped off on Wednesdays (during major holidays, pick-ups and drop-offs will take place on Tuesday) by Mission Linen
- For UCI Medical Center Building 55, lab coats are picked up/dropped off on Mondays
- Only EH&S-issued lab coats are eligible for free laundry services
For laundry procedures, a listing of laundry locations and more information about lab coat laundry services, please refer to the Laundry Services Handout.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Lab coats must be laundered by a laundry service that adheres to Title 8, Section 5193 of the California Code of Regulations. Do not wash your lab coat at home.
EH&S is able to provide ANSI certified prescription safety eyewear to eligible laboratory researchers. For more information, please see the Prescription Safety Eyewear Program flyer.
Interested researchers must complete the Prescription Safety Eyewear Survey.
Note: Interest in the program and meeting eligibility requirements does not guarantee prescription safety eyewear. Funding is limited and referrals are given on a first come, first serve basis.
- Title 8 CCR 5194 Hazard Communication
- Title 8 CCR 3203 Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP)
- Title 8 CCR 3380 Personal Protective Devices
- Title 8 CCR 5191 Laboratory Standard
- Title 8 CCR 5209: Select Carcinogens and Regulated Carcinogens
- OSHA guidance on identifying Highly Toxic Chemicals
- Reproductive Toxins and Carcinogens Identified Under California Proposition 65
- Research Laboratory and Personal Protective Equipment
- UC Office of the President PPE Policy