UCR to Host Personal Protective Equipment Distribution on Jan. 14 & 15

An online survey will determine what equipment will be distributed

Lab coats and eye protection will be distributed at the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Distribution Event on January 14 & 15, 2014.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — As part of a University of California system-wide policy to ensure the safety and security of personnel working in laboratory and research areas, UC Riverside will host a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Distribution Event on January 14 & 15, 2014 in the Highlander Union Building room 302.

In order to prepare for the distribution and ensure enough equipment for all staff, students and faculty, individuals who work in laboratory settings are required to complete the online Laboratory Hazard Assessment Tool survey that will determine what equipment is required. Upon completing the survey, staff will then view the assessment, complete the short video training, take a brief quiz, and print a PPE voucher to bring to the campus distribution event. Individuals are asked to also register for the event at ucr-ppe.eventbrite.com.

Former UC President Mark Yudof signed the PPE policy in the summer of 2013, with the intent of “prevent(ing) workplace injuries and illnesses for all academic appointees, staff, students, and visitors.” The policy takes effect on March 31, 2014.

The university has ordered more than 93,000 lab coats and eye wear that will be handed out at each of the 10 campuses and five medical centers. Laboratory staff who meet necessary requirements will receive two coats and two sets of eye wear at the event. In addition, they will choose a designated laundry facility where they will be able to drop off their soiled lab coats to be laundered free of charge.

More information for this event can be found at http://ehs.ucr.edu/laboratory/lhat/index.html. For more information, contact Laboratory Research Safety at 951-827-5528 or karen.janiga@ucr.edu.

Media Contact

Tel: (951) 827-4756
E-mail: john.warren@ucr.edu

Additional Contacts

Karen Janiga
Tel: (951) 827-5528
E-mail: karen.janiga@ucr.edu

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