- In general, research laboratory work processes do not require specialized protective footwear. However, there may be instances where laboratory personnel are required to wear disposable shoe covers. For example when working with blood or other potentially infectious materials and where it is reasonable to anticipate that such materials will contact the feet.
- To determine if other forms of foot protection, such as steel toed boots, are required please refer to the Personal Protective Equipment Hazard Assessment Tool or the Office of Environmental Health & Safety for guidance.
Proper Lab Attire
- Shorts or short skirts and sandals or open-toed shoes must not be worn in the laboratory. Good laboratory practices require that personal clothing or the equivalent, such as scrubs, should cover all exposed skin. It is also important to avoid loose, dangling jewelry that may get caught in equipment or make incidental contact with hazardous materials. It is strongly recommended that laboratory personnel have a change of clothes and shoes at work to change into as needed.