Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2004 12:50:40 -0500
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Subject: Re: Goggles and Contact Lenses

Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2004 09:29:54 -0800
From: Sheila Kennedy 
Subject: Re: Goggles and Contact Lenses

"The delay caused a small burn on the cornea."

While keeping fellow workers informed would be good idea, that's not the
problem here. The worker chose the wrong eye protection for the job; as
a result, he increased the likelihood of the splash reaching his eye and
decreased his available response time.

When he started a job involving transfer of a 50% caustic solution, he
should have switched his eye protection to chemical splash goggles,
which should have prevented the splash from falling into his eye. He
would have had time either to rinse his face (first with goggles on,
then after removing goggles) OR just remove the goggles & rinse them, if
that's where the splash landed. Either situation would have been a HUGE
improvement over his burned cornea.

I do hope he has recovered well.

Sheila M. Kennedy, CHO
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Undergraduate Teaching Labs
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr.
La Jolla, CA  92093-0303
(858) 534-0221

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