Safety glasses/goggles and face protection available and worn as appropriate

There are several types of eye and face protection (goggles, mask, face shield or other splatter guard) that should be used for anticipated splashes or sprays of infectious or other hazardous materials. Appropriate selection must be made based on risk assessment.

Eye and face protection must be decontaminated before reuse. Persons who wear contact lenses in laboratories should also wear eye protection.


  • Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories. HHS Publication No. (CDC) 21- 1112, 5th Edition.
  • NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules. April 2019.
  • MSU Biosafety Manual
  • MSU Bloodborne Exposure Control Plan
  • MSU Chemical Hygiene Plan 5.3.1 OSHA Standard 1910.1450 App A

Corrective actions:

Select appropriate eye and face protection and educate lab personnel about their use. More information can be found on the EHS website.

Always wear safety glasses with side shields or goggles when handling hazardous chemicals or infectious agents. If there is a chance of a splash or spray, including when manipulating cryogens, a full-face protection shield is recommended.

Check the integrity of lenses and plastic straps periodically and replace them when necessary. Keep available disinfection wipes for decontaminating eye protection.