Find information about UC San Diego's laboratory PPE Distribution Program.
UC San Diego has a centrally funded PPE Distribution Program to provide labs with minimum personal protective equipment (PPE). Each eligible lab member will receive 2 lab coats and 2 pairs of safety glasses for the duration of their time at UCSD.
Other types of PPE such as face shields, chemical splash goggles, fire resistant aprons, etc. are available for labs by special request.
PPE Fitting Room
Location: University Center 401, Room 107
Myers Drive & Rupertus Lane (find it on UCSD's MapLink)
Anyone assigned to UC San Diego research labs or technical area, as long as they will remain on campus for at least the next 6 months.
People who will be on campus less than 6 months may take part in the loaner lab coat program (see UCSD Loaner Program tab).
Important: You must be entered on your PI's Personnel List in UCSD's My Research Safety to participate in the PPE Distribution Program.
If you are not a UCSD student or staff member (i.e., visiting scholars, volunteers, etc.), you must have a Single Sign-On Affiliate Account for Business Systems. Contact your Department Security Administrator to request this.
All faculty, students, staff, and visitors must wear proper personal protective equipment (PPE) when in the laboratories. In addition to use of exposure control equipment, such as fume hoods, and following safe work practices, the correct selection and use of PPE is an essential element of safe work in the laboratory.
Each PI is responsible for the proper selection and use of PPE in the laboratory. To determine the required PPE, complete the laboratory hazard assessment tool (LHAT), under My Research Safety, to document the potential hazards present and the associated level of PPE required.
Coats sent for laundering must be in properly labelled envelopes (read the "Lab coat laundry process" section above for how to get your coat cleaned), and can be placed in any Campus Mail out-basket or out-box.
Additionally, mailboxes exclusively for the lab coat laundry program are available at these buildings:
Leichtag Medical Research Building - Inside in the small corridor off the main lobby
Medical Teaching Facility - Outside by the elevator and FedEx box
Pacific Hall - Outside by the south entrance and FedEx box
Powell Focht Bioengineering Hall - Outside by the southeast entrance off of Warren Mall
Ritter Hall - By the loading dock
Skaggs Pharmaceutical Science Building - Inside on the first floor back corridor near the loading dock
Items from these boxes are picked up once a week on Wednesdays.
The Loaner program provides a lab coat to any individual who does not have a personally fitted coat. This includes individuals who are waiting for their embroidered coats to be delivered or will be on campus for 6 months or less.
What to do when an individual leaves the lab...
If an individual will no longer be participating in the lab they have the option to keep their personalized coats or donate the coats to the PPE office, where the coats will be redistributed through the Loaner program.
Due to Cal/OSHA Title 8 regulations, Section 3380, no coat should be used in the lab as a "general use" lab coat. Each member of a lab must be personally fitted for a lab coat and safety glasses.