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Fundamentals of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in Clinical Laboratories


Safety is imperative when working with potentially harmful materials and other hazards in the laboratory. This course is designed to assist clinical and public health laboratory professionals with applying risk management strategies to identify hazards, assess risks, and select appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) options.


This basic level course is designed for new or existing public health and clinical laboratory professionals who handle potentially hazardous materials. 


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At the end of this course, learners should be able to:

  • Describe how PPE helps protect laboratory professionals.
  • Recognize the hazards and risks associated with laboratory procedures.
  • Identify options, limitations, and considerations for selecting appropriate PPE.
  • Select appropriate PPE options for given clinical laboratory scenarios.
Continuing Education (CE)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Laboratory Systems is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program. This course is approved for 1.0 contact hour. P.A.C.E.® course number: 288-024-24.