Personal Protective Equipment for Lab and Shops

Lab Coat Laundry Signs

Signs with lab coat laundry instructions are available to download and print. Select the appropriate one below based on your lab’s location.

If you have any questions please contact the PPE coordinator at ppe@berkeley.edu.

How do I get my lab coat cleaned?

Mail-Mail Laundry

Place your soiled coat into a sealed bag. Put the bag into the campus mail bin located in your mailroom. Once it is cleaned, your coat will be mailed directly back to your lab.

Hamper-Hanger Laundry

Place your soiled coat in the hamper at your designated location. Pick up your clean coat on the adjacent hangar the following Thursday.

How do I find out what PPE I need for my work?

Your LHAT voucher will show what PPE is necessary for your work. This was designated by your PI in accordance with what hazards are present in your workspace.

Lab Coat Storage Options

What are some lab coat storage options when space is an issue?

Space is tight for most labs on campus and the recent acquisition of multiple lab coats for every lab member is underscoring the issue. Clean lab coats can be folded and put away in a drawer until needed (remember to label the drawer for easy retrieval). Here are some storage options:

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - Shops

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 shop.

Job Safety Analysis (JSA) Library

Job Safety Analysis (JSA)

A JSA describes job tasks in step-by-step fashion, identifies associated hazards at each step, and outlines proper hazard controls that minimize the risk of injury or illness to the individual(s) performing that task.

Campus Laboratory Safety Policies

The University of California, Berkeley is committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment for the campus community. Faculty, students, and other personnel in laboratories and other academic settings may work with hazardous materials, equipment, and processes. With regard to safety and environmental protection, this teaching, and research work is governed by state and federal regulations and University policies.

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Fact Sheets

Fact Sheets

EH&S Fact Sheets serve as campus-wide Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).

Plastic Secondary Container Shatters Due to Dry Ice Sublimation

May 28, 2019
What happened?

A researcher packaged a microgram crystalline sample with dry ice to ensure sample integrity. The crystalline sample was first placed inside a glass vial, which was subsequently housed inside a plastic secondary container with a screw cap. The researcher placed dry ice around the glass vial inside the secondary container before loosely capping the top to vent.

When it came time to take out the glass vial, the researcher found that the secondary container was stuck, even though the cap was originally loosely screwed.

The researcher recruited the help of a staff...