Personal protective equipment in animal research

Jason S. Villano, Janet M. Follo, Mark G. Chappell, Morris T. Collins

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The occupational health and safety program is an integral component of a comprehensive animal care and use program. It is important to mitigate the risk of exposures of animal care and research personnel to allergens and physical, chemical, radiologic, and biologic hazards during the conduct of various tasks. This need is especially true in infectious disease and biocontainment research. One aspect of the program is the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE). Commercially available PPE should be carefully evaluated based on their material composition and performance according to manufacturer data. To help institutions and end users by providing them guidance on choosing appropriate PPE, we here discuss the regulatory framework, device standards, and materials engineering for various PPE, including gloves, shoe covers, head caps, gowns, aprons, masks, hearing and eye protection devices, and respirators. Ultimately, the choice of appropriate PPE is based on the risk assessment, which should include consideration for personnel comfort, correct device fitting, and the containment level for the hazard used.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-214
Number of pages12
JournalComparative medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • veterinary(all)


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