Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is the last line of defense against laboratory hazards. PPE should be considered only after Engineering and Administrative Controls have been examined. In order for PPE to protect the user, it must be stored, maintained, and worn properly. Since PPE can fail, those who wear it should be trained to understand its limitations.
Completing the Respirator Request Form is the initial step in the process to obtain a respirator. All employees who are required, or elect, to wear respiratory protection as part of their work with the University of Vermont must complete the form. This includes individuals who voluntarily wear disposable respirators (dust masks).
It is the responsibility of Supervisors and Principal Investigators (P.I.'s) to ensure that all of their employees in the program have received a medical evaluation, and receive training and fit testing, at no cost to the employee.
The content of the general safety page is intended to offer tools and guidance for implementation of safety program elements that may be needed in a wide variety of working and learning environments across campus.
The offices of the University's Environmental Health and Safety staff are located in two locations: at the Environmental Safety Facility (ESF) in the BioResearch Center complex off Spear St,and on main campus at 284 East Ave. The ESF has a "Part B" permit from the state which allows storage of hazardous waste there for up to a year. This allows the University to take advantage of more cost-effective methods of waste disposal and provide better chemical safety services to the employees.