Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment - PPC&E

For comprehensive information see HS659 Personal Protective Equipment Guideline.

PPCE is a level 3 risk control in terms of the hierarchy of risk controls. In other words it becomes the last line of protection to maintain safety. The use of PPCE should compliment other risk controls and not be the only control to manage risks. When completing Risk Management Forms, Safe Work Procedures and other forms of safety documentation, specific details should be included when identifying PPCE as a risk control e.g. when handling specific chemicals the appropriate type of protective glove or eyewear should be stated. Laboratory users should be inducted as to the various types of materials used in the PPCE (e.g. vinyl, rubber, nitrile gloves), how to use the PPCE and how to store and maintain PPCE in good working order.

PPCE must be worn where it is specified in a Safety Data Sheet or when it is identified as a risk control in the risk management procedure. Appropriate footwear is required to be worn in all laboratories and other work areas where impact injuries to feet are possible. Shoes must have closed toe and closed heel.

Laboratory supervisors are responsible for enforcing the wearing of PPCE in labs under their control.

Guidelines for BEES Laboratories:

1. Teaching Labs - G01, G20, G21, 402, 449

  • Minimum PPCE are lab coat and closed toe shoes
  • Other PPCE as per the risk management required for the class activity

2. Teaching Labs – G07, G11, G12 and 640

  • Closed toe shoes required
  • No hazardous material may be used in these labs (without prior risk management undertaken)

3. Teaching Lab – 401

  • Minimum PPCE is closed toe shoes
  • Other PPCE as per the risk management required for the class activity
  • For classes where only closed toe shoes are required, all hazardous material must have been previously removed, and all seats and benches must have been cleaned beforehand

4. Research Labs (including Storerooms and Constant Temperature Rooms)

  • Minimum PPCE is closed toe shoes
  • Other PPCE as per the risk management form for the work carried on in the particular area
  • Where necessary, eyewear should be designed to prevent splashed from entering the eyes (goggles and full-face shields)
  • Safety glasses should be checked to identify what UV protection
  • Hearing protection must be supplied in any areas where a worker is subjected to noise levels in excess of 85 dB over an 8 hour period. If noise exposure is a potential problem a noise level assessment must be undertaken in accordance with HS708 Noise Management Procedure.
  • Half or full face respirators should be used to minimise risk of exposure by inhalation to dusts, mists, fumes and vapours when risks cannot be fully controlled by mechanical means.
  • Dust protection (face masks or respirators) are required in work areas where dust is an identified risk. This risk should be reviewed in BEES areas like the Rock crushing room, the glasshouse and preparation areas, storage areas and any other BEES controlled area where the accumulation of dust is known to occur.


  • Closed toe shoes enclose the back of the foot as well as the front. They must not be able to slip off when the wearer is moving backwards
  • PPCE is mandatory for all persons in a lab, even when they are not involved in the work for which the PPCE is necessary
  • Laboratories include associated rooms, such as storerooms, preparation rooms and microscope rooms

Lab Coat Laundering

The laundering of laboratory coats, etc is coordinated by the First Year Biology technical staff, Rosa Ascencio and Lauren Cornish. The delivery and pick up point is in G23 near the main door.

PPCE and Fieldwork

  • Appropriate PPCE for fieldwork includes: a hat for sun protection, Factor 30+ sunscreen, sun glasses with UV protection, comfortable (worn in) boots, long sleeved and legged garments, wet weather clothing and extra clothing as required.
  • Other PPCE items that should be considered when undertaking fieldwork is whether a hard hat is required or fluoro vest is required.  
  • The type of fieldwork clothing and PPE should be specified by the fieldwork leader prior to commencement of fieldwork.
  • PPE must be clean, hygienic and in an effective condition prior to being issued.
  • All participants involved in a field activity must be competent in the use of all required PPE and abide by the manufacturer’s instructions regarding use, maintenance and limitations.
  • For further information regarding PPE for aquatic activities, consult the BEES Boating and Diving web pages.