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Course Detail

HS028 - Selection of Laboratory Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

This course will provide detailed look into the selection of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for laboratory tasks and activities. The safety principles to be followed under the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations for the selection (including the criteria for a suitable risk assessment and requirements for provision), use (including limitations for protection, correct use and compatibility with substances and tasks), maintenance (including storage, defects, cleaning), and final disposal of PPE will be identified.

The standards applicable to specific laboratory personal protective equipment such as laboratory coats, hand /arm protection (e.g. gloves), eye / face protection and respiratory protection will be explored.

Duration: 2 hours classroom time plus completion of an online knowledge quiz (open book) on QMPlus in attendee’s own time (approximately 30 min)

Certification: An online completion certificate will be generated upon satisfactory completion (pass mark 80% or greater) of the online knowledge quiz on QMPlus by the attendee. The access details for the online knowledge quiz will be provided by the course tutor at the classroom.

This course is not accredited by any training accreditation body.

Suitability: Staff responsible for selecting and purchasing laboratory PPE and those involved in QMUL procurement of laboratory PPE.

Those attending this course should have previously attended the Hazardous Substance Risk Assessment (COSHH) (HS005) and/or Working Safely with Biohazards (HS020) course/s (or equivalent course/s from other institutions).

Requalification / Refresher: not applicable at present.


By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Know the safety principles behind the selection of PPE and the regulations that govern selection and use of PPE
  • Understand the limitations of PPE for protection in the laboratory
  • Understand the criteria for correct use, maintenance, storage and disposal
  • Be aware of relevant standards applicable for laboratory PPE
  • Be able to conduct a risk assessment to select the correct PPE for their laboratory work

Provided by: Health and Safety


Date: Thursday 25 June 2020

Venue: Queens E303 ME, Queens, Mile End

Time: 10:00 - 12:00


  • Dr M Ariyanayagam
Please check non-attendance policy and possible penalties for non-attendance at http://www.hsd.qmul.ac.uk/training/

External organisations: Open to attendees from external organisations but please note this course is geared towards QMUL arrangements. There is normally a fee chargeable. Please complete the training request form available here http://www.hsd.qmul.ac.uk/training/and email it to hs-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk

Further Information: If you require any further details please contact the Health & Safety Directorate at hs-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk