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: Please have yourself added to your PI's Personnel List in the CHUA (Chemical Hazard Use Application) on the My Research Safety webpage 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.
My PI has a bunch of lab coats already in the lab. Can’t I just wear one of those?
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. Additionally, coat standards have become more rigorous. Please review the Lab Coat Guide to determine the coats you will need to use in your lab All lab coats have an expiration date of 3-5 years depending on their use and condition. If your lab coat has any holes, please discard it or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 858-534-2698 for recycling.
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.
Read the "Eligibility for the PPE Distribution Program" section above to make sure you are eligible to participate in this program.
Please have your PI/Lab Manager/Safety Coordinator add you to your Principal Investigator's personnel List in the CHUA (Chemical Hazard Use Application) on the My Research Safety webpage prior to being fitted for lab coats and safety glasses.
Embroidery must be your professional name, first name and last name.
If you have an M.D. and/or Ph.D., you may choose to include it at the end of your name, or put Dr. in front of your name.
You may list other certifications after your name as long as it does not exceed 25 characters.
Nicknames are not allowed.
Once you have completed Steps 1 and 2, please stop by the PPE office at your convenience where we can fit you for lab coats and safety glasses. We are located at the UC 401 building (find it on UCSD's MapLink), Room 107, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. — 3 p.m.
Each member of a lab is required to be fitted for a lab coat and safety glasses.
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.