Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2004 16:34:20 -0600
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From: Barbara O'Keeffe <bokeeffe**At_Symbol_Here**UTTYLER.EDU>
Subject: Fw: [DCHAS-L] Goggles and Contact Lenses
NO - the caustic went over the top of the GLASSES!!!   The person was not
wearing goggles.   Evidently there are still people who don't know the


Barbara O'Keeffe
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University of Texas at Tyler
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             11/18/2004 03:24                                           To
             PM                        bokeeffe**At_Symbol_Here**

                                       Re: [DCHAS-L] Goggles and Contact

On Thu, 18 Nov 2004 14:55:21 -0600 bokeeffe**At_Symbol_Here** writes:
> Why would you have to remove the contact lenses if the correct
> goggles were > being worn?
>Because in the incident at Monsanto, the caustic got passed the goggles
somehow and into the eyes.  (Read the incident that stimulated my
response; it's copied below)

>              Jay Young
>  >
> On Mon, 15 Nov 2004 16:34:25 -0600 "BOTNICK, ERIC L [AG/1560]"
>  writes:
> > I agree that contact lens use should be allowed in chemical and
> > industrial environments, with one warning.
> > Fellow workers and emergency personnel should be made aware of
> > contact lens usage by other people in the area.
> >
> > I had an incident in a chemical laboratory where an analyst had
> > contacts in, was wearing safety glasses with side shields and was
> > working with a 50% caustic solution.  The caustic splashed and
> went
> > over the top of the glasses and dripped into one eye.  The
> analyst
> > did not tell anyone it happened, they just went into a restroom
> and
> > tried to remove the lens and rinse out the eye.  The caustic made
> > the lens very slippery and it could not be removed easily or
> > quickly. The delay caused a small burn on the cornea.
> > Of course the person should have yelled for help and should have
> > gone to an eye-wash, but even if they had - would anyone know to
> > remove the contact lens?  How do you grab a slippery contact lens
> > without a suction cup?
> >
> > Eric L. Botnick, CIH
> > IH Lab Director / IH Chemist
> > 'B' Building
> > 12501 South River Road
> > P.O. Box 174
> > Luling, LA  70070-0174
> >
> >

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