Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Fundamentals of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in Clinical Laboratories

This is an all levels course offering CPH — Free
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1.00 hour


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Laboratory safety is essential when working with potentially harmful materials and other hazards. The intent of using personal protective equipment (PPE) is to create a barrier between you and hazards, minimizing exposures that can cause injuries and illnesses.

This course highlights the importance of why and when to use PPE to help keep you safe, as well as considerations for using PPE effectively.

This course was not designed to provide laboratory-specific applications of PPE. Please refer to your supervisor and/or standard operating procedures (SOPs) for detailed guidance on this matter.

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What You'll Learn

  • Describe how PPE helps protect laboratory professionals
  • Recognize the hazards and risks associated with laboratory procedures
  • Identify options, limitations, and considerations for selecting appropriate PPE
  • Select appropriate PPE options for given clinical laboratory scenarios

Competency Terms

Assessment (surveillance and epidemiology)
Communicable Disease Control
Emergency Preparedness and Response (all hazards)

Related Occupations

Laboratory Aide/Assistant
Laboratory Developmental Scientist
Laboratory Scientist - Manager
Laboratory Scientist - Supervisor
Laboratory Scientist/Medical Technologist
Laboratory Technician

Related Job Tasks

Develop surveillance procedures
Report data to the county or state
Investigate health problems, including environmental health
Obtain information, specimens, or samples
Plan for emergencies
Respond to emergencies
Enforce regulations
Vector control
Perform health or environmental screenings
Develop information and training materials
Post or publish information for staff use
Take part in public health research
Manage inventory
Manage personnel (e.g., recruit, schedule, train, or evaluate staff)