Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2008 16:37:04 -0800
Reply-To: Russell Vernon <russell.vernon**At_Symbol_Here**UCR.EDU>
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From: Russell Vernon <russell.vernon**At_Symbol_Here**UCR.EDU>
Subject: Re: removing contacts when splashed
Comments: To: "Wallace, Michele"
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I have found that the water from the eye wash washes them out...

Russell Vernon, Ph.D. 
(951) 827-5119

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Wallace, Michele
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Subject: [DCHAS-L] removing contacts when splashed

In a recent safety meeting, we were discussing eyewashes and the correct
procedures to be used when wearing contacts.  Although I have seen that
contact use is not necessarily prohibited in chemical labs, I do not
think that I have seen an official procedure for what to do if wearing
them when a splash occurs.  One of our lab associates said that he was
taught in school that the contacts should be left in for the first 5 min
while rinsing the eyes to give additional protection from chemical
exposure.  I thought that the contacts should be removed to aid in
removing chemicals from the eyes.  Does anyone have any suggestions or


Thanks for the help. 

Michele L. Wallace 

Associate Director, Textile Chemistry and Finishing Research, NRCC-CHO 
Cotton Incorporated 
Phone: 919-678-2417 
Email:  MWallace**At_Symbol_Here** 

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