7.1.3 Safety Equipment (Primary Barriers)

  • A risk assessment should determine the appropriate type of personal protective equipment to be utilized.  Protective laboratory coats, gowns or uniforms are recommended to prevent contamination of personal clothing.  Protective outer clothing is not worn outside areas where infectious materials and/or animals are housed or manipulated.  Gowns and uniforms are not worn outside the facility. 
  • Protective eyewear is worn when conducting procedures that have the potential to create splashes of microorganisms or other hazardous materials.  Persons who wear contact lenses should also wear eye protection when entering areas with potentially high concentrations or airborne particulates. Persons having contact with non-human primates should assess risk of mucus membrane exposure and wear appropriate protective equipment (e.g., masks, goggles, faceshields, etc.) as needed.
  • Gloves should be worn to protect hands from exposure to hazardous materials.  A risk assessment should be performed to identify the appropriate glove for the task and alternatives to latex gloves should be available. Change gloves when contaminated, integrity has been compromised, or when otherwise necessary.  Gloves must not be worn outside of the animal rooms.
  • Gloves and personal protective equipment should be removed in a manner that prohibits transfer of infectious materials. Do not wash or reuse disposable gloves.  Dispose of used gloves with other contaminated waste.  
  • Persons must wash their hands after handling animals and before leaving the areas where infectious materials and/or animals are housed or are manipulated.  Hand washing should occur after the removal of gloves.