Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - Labs

EH&S provides campus researchers with lab coats, safety glasses, and goggles. We also provide shared protective equipment to labs, such as face shields and protective aprons.

Please contact the PPE coordinator at ppe@berkeley.edu or by calling (510) 642-3073 if you have any questions or comments about personal protective equipment for your lab.

Lab Hazard Assessment Tool (LHAT)

The Lab Hazard Assessment Tool (LHAT) is your web-based resource for identifying hazards present in your lab or research area. Upon completion of LHAT, you will receive a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) recommendation voucher—based on your lab’s assessment—that will make you eligible for our free PPE giveaway program.

I'm a Principal Investigator (PI)

  1. Complete the LHAT (Laboratory Hazardous Assessment Tool) <20-30 minutes>
    • Log in to complete the Laboratory Hazard Assessment or assign a delegate who will do the assessment for you.
    • Answer the series of yes/no questions that make up the hazard assessment.
    • Certify the LHAT is complete.
  2. Complete the PPE training video and quiz <15 minutes>
    • Watch the 6-minute PPE video and take the 10 question quiz.
    • Print out your PPE voucher.
  3. Get fitted for your PPE <10 minutes>
  4. Ensure all your lab members go through the LHAT process
    • This includes but is not limited to postdocs, visiting scholars, undergrads, rotation students, and volunteers.

I'm a Delegate

  1. Complete the Laboratory Hazardous Assessment Tool (LHAT) <20-30 minutes>
    • Your PI must log on to LHAT to assign you as a delegate.
    • You answer a series of yes/no questions that are grouped by hazards (chemical, biological, physical, etc.).
    • Your PI certifies the LHAT is complete.
  2. Complete the PPE training video and quiz
    • Watch the 6-minute PPE video and take the 10 question quiz.
    • Print out your voucher at the end of the LHAT process.
    • Ensure that every person working in your lab has reviewed your lab's hazard assessment, completed the training video and quiz, and been fitted for their PPE.
  3. Get fitted for you PPE <10 minutes>

I'm a Lab Worker (Researchers & Staff)

  1. Complete the PPE training video and quiz
    • After your PI has certified your lab's LHAT, you will be invited by email to log on to the Lab Hazard Assessment Tool (LHAT). You review your lab's hazard assessment and complete the 6-minute training video and 10 question quiz.
    • Print out your PPE voucher upon completion of the LHAT.
  2. Make an appointment to be fitted for your PPE
  3. Get fitted
    • Bring your voucher to your fitting session.

How do I:

Get my lab coat, safety glasses, or splash goggles?

  1. Get added to your lab’s roster on Labs At Berkeley (L@B)
  2. Acknowledge the hazards in your lab using Lab Hazard Assessment Tool (LHAT)
    • Log in to LHAT using your CalNet credentials. In the ‘Action Items’ section, select ‘Review and Acknowledge Laboratory Hazard Assessment’ for the appropriate hazard assessment and complete the following: 
      • Certify Hazard Assessment: Click ‘Continue’ and review all of the hazard assessment details. After review, click the ‘Acknowledge’ button and confirm in the pop-up window. 
      • Training: On the ‘Next Steps’ page click ‘PPE Safety Training’. This will navigate you to a different website where you can read the ‘Safety PPE Training PDF’, watch the ‘Safety PPE Video’ and complete the ‘Safety PPE Quiz’. 
      • PPE Voucher: Return to LHAT and print the voucher so that you can bring it with you to your PPE fitting appointment at the Office of Environment, Health & Safety in 350 University Hall.
    • See Instructions for using LHAT.
  3. Schedule an appointment.
    • Sign up for a PPE fitting appointment at calppe.simplybook.me.
    • Bring your PPE voucher and prescription glasses (if you will wear them in the lab) to your appointment.
    • If you are interested in prescription safety glasses, follow these instructions after certifying your hazard assessment.

Please direct any questions you have about this process to the PPE coordinator at ppe@berkeley.edu, or call EH&S at (510) 642-3073.


Related Resources:

Know if my lab coat fits properly?

It is important that your lab coat fits properly so it can protect you as designed. There are three main things to check:

Body Fit:

  • All lab coat buttons close.
  • Arms can move freely.
  • The lab coat fits well around the torso and hips.
  • The lab coat fits comfortably.

Coat Length:

  • The lab coat hangs near the knee.

Sleeve Length:

  • Sleeves hang above the thumb tip while arms are hanging at sides.
  • With arms in a working pose, sleeves cover the wrist and reach the edge of the gloves.

If your lab coat needs altered (shorter sleeves) please review information below.

It is important for both safety and comfort that lab coat sleeves fit properly. If necessary, your lab coat sleeves can be shortened for a better fit free of cost.

If your lab coat sleeves need to be shortened, or if you have any questions about the fit or alterations, contact the PPE coordinator at ppe@berkeley.edu.

Get my lab coat cleaned/replaced if something spills on it?

Aramark is the approved vendor for lab coat laundering services. Aramark picks up and returns lab coats every week.

Steps:

  1. Whether a lab coat should be laundered, disposed of, or given to EH&S for decontamination will depend on what was spilled on the coat.

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    BSL1: 

    • Spray with 10% bleach.
    • Rinse after 20 minutes and let dry
    • Send for laundering

    If H-3 (Tritium)  contamination is suspected:

    • Place the lab coat in a sealed bag.
    • Label it with your name, date, and H-3 (Tritium).

    Small spill:

    • Pre-clean and rinse with water or soapy water
    • Dry
    • Send for laundering

    BSL2:

    • Small spill:
      • Spray with 10% bleach
      • Rinse after 20 minutes and let dry
      • Send for laundering
    • Large spill: Dispose of as biological waste.

    Report all spills to the campus biosafety officer at (510) 642-3073 or at bso@berkeley.edu.

    All other radionuclides:

    • Survey your coat with a radiation survey meter.
    • If any spot on the coat reads greater than two (2) times background, the coat is contaminated.
      • Place the lab coat in a sealed bag.
      • Label it with your name, date and radionuclide.
    Large spill: Dispose as hazardous waste.


    If you disposed of a lab coat as waste and need a replacement, request a lab coat using the Replacement Request Form: Eyewear and Coats.

  2. Check for proper labeling.
    • Your lab coat should bear a label like the one in the photo below. If your coat does not have proper labeling, contact the PPE coordinator at ppe@berkeley.edu.
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  3. Empty your pockets.
  4. Find out which laundry system to use.
    • Soiled campus lab coats are laundered using three different systems. To find out which system you should use:

      • Log into Labs @ Berkeley (L@B).
      • Click on Lab Coats.
      • Information about all of the lab coats issued to you and instructions for getting them cleaned will be displayed.

EHS L@B Roster Rooms Lab Coats

For instructional lab coats, fill out the Instructional Lab Coat Wash Request form.

Get Prescription Safety Glasses?

Prescription safety glasses are an alternative to wearing prescription glasses with over-the-glasses safety glasses.

For All Labs:

Vision Service Plan (VSP) can be used for prescription safety glasses. If you have a qualifying student or employee VSP through UC Berkeley, you can choose to use it for prescription safety glasses instead of regular prescription glasses. Simply schedule an appointment with the Meredith W. Morgan Eye Center at Minor Hall.

Prescription safety glasses are not a separate benefit from the regular glasses provided by your VSP. To find out more about your own Vision Service Plan benefits, call (510) 642-5700.

For College of Chemistry Labs:

If you are in a lab that is a part of the College of Chemistry

  1. Email coc.safety@berkeley.edu to receive your voucher.
  2. Schedule an appointment with the Eye Center at Minor Hall.
  3. Visit the University Eye Center at Minor Hall with your voucher.
  4. If you’ve had an eye exam within the last six months, bring a copy of your prescription. A VSP can also be used for coverage of an eye exam to check your vision.

Keep my PPE when I change labs?

When moving from one lab to another, you can take your PPE with you if it is appropriate for the hazards in the new lab. To help keep your coat from getting lost after you’ve moved, please complete these steps:  

  1. Get onto the roster for your new lab. Any member already listed in the lab’s roster may add a new member through Labs at Berkeley (L@B). Information entered into L@B will be transferred to the lab hazard assessment tool (LHAT).
  2. Certify the hazards in your new lab. After you are added to a lab roster, you will receive an email from LHAT. Log in using your CalNet credentials, and at the bottom of the page, you will see the name of your lab group. Review the listed hazards, and click the checkbox at the bottom of the page labeled ‘I certify that I have reviewed the assessment.’
  3. Contact the PPE coordinator with the following information:
    • The principal investigator for the old lab.
    • The principal investigator for the new lab.
    • The name of the building where the new lab is located.
    • Lab coat ID numbers. These can be found on a label inside the coat, below the collar. They start with either "UCB-" or "UC-", followed by six numbers. Some only list the six numbers by themselves.
  4. Arrange an appointment with the PPE coordinator by email to update your lab coat’s labels.

Return a Lab Coat?

Lab Coat Drop-off:

  1. Bring lab coat(s) to University Hall.
  2. Place lab coat(s) into the drop box located in the first floor lobby, near the main entrance and next to the bicycle repair stand.
    • For help with access, the University Hall Security Patrol Officer (SPO) is available from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.
    • Call the SPO at 510-672-3188 to access the bin if the SPO is not sitting at the welcome desk.

Mail Extra Lab Coat(s) to EH&S:

  1. Pack lab coat(s) in a bag or box, and seal it.
  2. Print an EH&S mailing label.
  3. Place the box or bag into the UC Berkeley Campus Mail (not US Postal Service mail).

Request EH&S Pickup (for returns greater than 10 coats)​:

  1. Place lab coats in bags or boxes and set aside in a safe location.
  2. Fill out the Lab Coat Pickup Request Google form.

While soiled lab coats can be returned to EH&S, lab coats contaminated with toxic chemicals, biological hazards, or radioactive materials should be disposed of as hazardous waste. Refer to "How do I get my Lab Coat Cleaned?" to determine possible contamination and appropriate disposal methods.

Report a missing Lab Coat?

Use the form below to report a missing coat to EH&S.

Report a Missing Lab Coat

If you are in urgent need of a replacement lab coat please also submit a request for a replacement.

Replacement Request: Eyewear and Coats

Contact the PPE coordinator at ppe@berkeley.edu or by calling the EH&S front office at (510) 642-3073 if you have further questions, or if you have trouble filling out the forms.

To prevent your lab coat from going missing:

  1. Make sure that it has the proper labels.
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    • Proper Lab Coat Labeling: Your lab coat should bear a label like the one in the photo above. If your coat does not have proper labeling, contact the PPE coordinator at ppe@berkeley.edu.
  2. Follow the instructions under "How do I keep my PPE when I change labs?"

FAQs

Questions about your hazard assessment or LHAT?

If you are a PI and have concerns about the activities that will be performed in your lab, please consult with your campus EH&S office. If you are a Lab Worker and have concerns about the activities that will be performed in your lab, please discuss with your PI directly, and consult with your campus EH&S office, as needed. If you have questions about the LHAT system, please contact the UC ERM Service Desk.

What is the role of the Delegate?

The Delegate acts on behalf of the PI to manage the list of lab members and complete the hazard assessment. The Delegate should be knowledgeable about what types of work are done and hazards are present in the lab. Most PIs choose their lab manager or lab safety contact to be the Delegate. There can be more than one delegate.

Can I do everything a PI does?

Once assigned as a Delegate by your PI, you have access to all PI functionality except certifying the hazard assessment and adding lab groups.

The Delegate is generally the lab safety...

What is the role of the Lab Worker?

Once added by their PI/Delegate, Lab Workers receive an email invitation to register with the LHAT. They log in and review their hazard assessment and list of recommended PPE. They make an appointment for a PPE fitting, print out their voucher and bring it to their PPE fitting appointment.

How does a worker get their name added to the LHAT?

All lab member names listed in the...

What is the role of a Principal Investigator (PI)?

PIs must begin the LHAT process for their research group by logging in to the LHAT; they can choose to do the hazard assessment themselves or assign a delegate to do it. After all hazard assessment questions are answered, the PI certifies that the LHAT is complete. This gives lab members access to the list of recommended PPE.

What can only the PI do?

"Add a lab group" – it’s common for some lab members to do work that is different from what other members of the group do and they might need different PPE. For example a chemistry research...

How do I access the LHAT?

Students and Employees (PIs, graduate students, postdocs, and undergraduates)

Access the LHAT system by entering your campus email. You will be immediately directed to the UC Berkeley authentication service. Then log in using your CalNet ID and password.

Not a Student or Employee (volunteers, LBL employees, most visiting scholars)

To access the LHAT securely, you must have a campus-assigned Single Sign-On username and password. For this, you must request a CalNet affiliate account. To request an affiliate...

What is the LHAT?

The Laboratory Hazard Assessment Tool (LHAT) is a web-based application that enables researchers to identify hazards in their labs/research areas. When completed it provides a list of personal protective equipment (PPE) necessary for lab members to wear when working with hazardous materials/processes.