Re: PPE Guidelines
this is the CAP checklist question. It comes from the PPE mandate from
the Ocupational Safety and Health Administration. Go to their website
www.osha.gov and click on the P and follow the link to Personal
Protective Equipment which has a bunch of information.
Anatomic Pathology Supervisor
Primary Children's Medical Center
Salt Lake City, UT
GEN.72550 Phase II
Is appropriate personal protective equipment (gloves, gowns, masks and
eye protectors, etc.) provided and maintained in a sanitary and reliable
condition in all technical work areas in which blood and body substances
are handled and in circumstances during which exposure is likely to
Appropriate personal protective equipment (gloves, gowns, masks and eye
protectors, etc.) must be provided and maintained in a sanitary and
reliable condition in all technical work areas in which blood and body
substances are handled, and in circumstances during which exposure is
likely to occur.
REFERENCES: 1) Centers for Disease Control. Guidelines for prevention
of transmission of human immunodeficiency virus and hepatitis B virus to
health-care and public-safety workers. MMWR. 1989:38(suppl S-6):1-37;
2) Krienitz DR. Safety education in the laboratory. Lab Med.
1996;27:823-827; 3) National Committee for Clinical Laboratory
Standards. Protection of laboratory workers from instrument biohazards
and infectious disease transmitted by blood, body fluids, and tissue;
approved guideline M29-A. Wayne, PA: NCCLS, 1997; 4) Occupational
Safety and Health Administration. Toxic and hazardous substances.
Bloodborne pathogens. Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office,
1999(Jul 1): [29CFR1910.1030]; 5) Prinz Luebbert P. Q&A. Wearing
laboratory coats during break. Lab Med. 1999;30:710.
another hit on the CAP search pulled this:
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) should be available to all
employees and its use mandated. Gloves must be of proper type and
appropriate sizes provided so that they fit. Cleaning of disposable
gloves for reuse is prohibited. Other equipment such as goggles, face
shields, masks, lab coats, etc. should be provided for employees and
their use mandated. Inspectors should observe laboratory staff for
adherence to these policies and should wear appropriate PPE themselves
when in hazardous areas.
>>> Paula Wilder 02/28/03 10:21AM >>>
Another area of concern for our lab is PPE. I had invited our
Control Officer and Safety Officer to come and do an onsite unannounced
visit to Pathology. I do believe we need to do a lot of work in this
Do any of you have guidelines set up for your lab that you would be
to share? I tried looking at the CAP website, but couldn't find
related to PPE. Thank you so much for all of your help!
St. Joseph Medical Center
Towson, MD. 21204
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