How to get Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

PPE Distribution Program

Remember, PPE is FREE for eligible researchers!

Active researchers in a UCSD lab will receive the following Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) through the EH&S-sponsored PPE Distribution Program:

  • 2 embroidered lab coats
  • 2 pairs of safety glasses
  • This program also includes FREE laundering service

Contact the PPE Fitting Room for more information or visit their website: PPE Support for Researchers.

Monday - Friday, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Pacific Hall - outside the south entrance, adjacent to the FedEx shipping box

Who is eligible to participate?

UCSD faculty, research staff, post-doctoral researchers, graduate students, paid undergraduate student workers, volunteers, and affiliates. Contact the PPE Office for further details.

How to receive your PPE

  1. Make sure your your lab manager or supervisor has added you as “Lab Personnel” under your principal investigator’s “PI Profile” using the My Research Safety portal.
  2. In addition, your lab manager/supervisor should add you as a lab member to your PI’s Laboratory Hazard Assessment (LHAT) and Chemical Hazard Use Application (CHUA). For further instructions and assistance with these electronic safety applications, please contact the Division Safety Officer.
  3. Once you have been added to the appropriate applications, please visit the PPE Office at your convenience so that you may be fitted for a lab coat and safety glasses. Once the coats are ordered it will take 5-6 weeks for the coats to be delivered. The lab coats will be delivered directly to the lab.
  4. EH&S has a lab coat loaner program in place to tide researchers over until lab coats arrive. Be sure to ask to for a loaner lab coat at the time you are being fitted. Alternatively, if your lab has spare lab coats, you may use these until your personalized lab coats arrive as long as they are in good condition and fit you well.
  5. Lastly, once you receive your personalized lab coats, your lab manager needs to record the date you received them and what type of lab coat (regular white lab coat or flam resistant blue lab coat) you received in your PI’s CHUA. Any loaner lab coats must be returned to the EH&S PPE Office in UCtr 401.

Researchers who will be on campus less than 6 months

People who will be on campus less than 6 months may take part in the loaner lab coat program. Contact the EH&S PPE team at for details.

Researchers who are not UCSD student or staff

If you are not a UCSD student or staff member (i.e., visiting scholars, volunteers, etc.), you must have a UCSD Single Sign-On affiliate account.

Researchers who are not eligible for PPE Distribution Program

Researchers who do not wish to participate in the PPE Distribution Program

Lab members may use other lab coats not provided by the PPE Distribution Program if the coats are in good condition and adhere to the PPE standard identified in the Laboratory Hazard Assessment process.

See Personal Protective Equipment - Requirements: Research Employees to learn how to use the Laboratory Hazard Assessment Tool (LHAT) in UCSD's Chemical Hazard Use Application.

Questions or concerns? Contact your Division Safety Officer at or (858) 333-9791.