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Hanover, NH 03755-3529
Phone: (603) 646-1762
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Dartmouth Compliance Matrix

Complex organizations such as Dartmouth comply with a multitude of policies, laws, and regulations.  Risk and Internal Controls has developed a compliance matrix to guide the Dartmouth community in identifying key compliance areas, the Dartmouth staff responsible for various aspects of compliance oversight, and where to go to learn more about each compliance area.
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Personal Protective Equipment

Essential Information on Personal Protective Equipment: Hazard Assessment and Use Requirements at Biological Safety Level 2

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that personal protective equipment (PPE) be selected, provided and worn by employees in situations where PPE could help reduce the potential for harm and injury (29 CFR 1910.132). This guide outlines the likely situations and hazards that require the use of PPE at Biological Safety Level 2 (BSL2). These requirements also apply to work done with animals at ABSL2

Special considerations may apply for certain tasks--contact EHS whenever such questions arise. PPE is readily available to Dartmouth employees and students through the Scientific Stockrooms.

Eye/face/mucous membrane protection (29 CFR 1910.133):

When working with potentially infectious materials outside of a biological safety cabinet mucous membranes must be protected by wearing a surgical-type with safety glasses or a surgical-type mask with attached acetate eye splash guard. Safety glasses are recommended at all times in the laboratory. All safety glasses must meet ANSI Z87-2003.

Foot/skin protection (29 CFR 1910.136):

Open toed shoes, sandals and other open footwear is prohibited in all Dartmouth laboratories. Additionally, shorts and other garments that leave skin unprotected are forbidden in Dartmouth laboratories using potentially infectious materials. Protective lab coats designated for lab use are to be worn while in the laboratory. This protective clothing is removed and left in the laboratory before leaving for non-laboratory areas (e.g., cafeterias, library and administrative offices.)

Hand protection (29 CFR 1910.138):

Appropriate gloves must be worn for activities involving potentially infectious materials or when hands may contact contaminated surfaces or equipment. For potentially infectious materials, disposable vinyl or N-DEX nitrile gloves are appropriate. (We discourage the use of latex gloves owing to potential latex sensitivity.) Gloves are disposed of when contaminated, removed when work with potentially infectious materials is completed and are not worn outside the laboratory. Disposable gloves are not washed or reused. Information on glove selection and chemical resistance is found on a poster displayed in each laboratory and from EHS.

Gloves are never a substitute for thorough hand washing when entering the lab, after removing gloves and before leaving the lab. Hands must be washed for a minimum of 15-30 seconds with copious amounts of soap and water.

Other Reminders--

  • Decontaminate work surfaces daily and after a spill involving any viable material.
  • Properly autoclave your waste. Do not allow waste to accumulate.
This Certification of Tasks Requiring Personal Protective Equipment Prepared in Compliance with 29 CFR 1910.132

Last Updated: 6/2/10