Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2011 12:28:34 -0400
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From: "Richard W. York" <ryork**At_Symbol_Here**WITTENBERG.EDU>
Subject: Re: Allergic to plastic
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It may be possible to locate a product that the student can tolerate.  Bill P., below, suggests one possibility.  I have always tested the goggles that we recommend to students and have tried some that offgassed so much volatile material that I could not tolerate it myself.  But even a very sensitive person is not likely to react to all formulations.  If skin contact is the main problem, a cloth seal may solve it.  Check with a vendor for possibilities. 
If volatiles from the body materials are the issue, try different brands.  Some materials are worst when new, and "aging" them for a week in a vacuum oven at ambient or low temperature (40-50 deg C ?) my help.
Richard York
Coordinator of Chemistry Labs
Wittenberg University

From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of bill parks [misterbill21225**At_Symbol_Here**YAHOO.COM]
Sent: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 11:47 AM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Allergic to plastic

Some safety goggles have felt/cushioned backing around the sealing surface. Care should be taken to ensure liquid could not bypass the frame, so s/he may have to wear a faceshield as well, and decontaminate and check forby-pass after an accident.
Bill Parks

**Providing sound Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Health and Safety, Environmental Health & IAQ, Environmental Science, and Laboratory support services and solutions**

From: "LMSTROUD**At_Symbol_Here**AOL.COM" <LMSTROUD**At_Symbol_Here**AOL.COM>
Sent: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 11:20 AM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Allergicto plastic

I had a question regarding a student being allergic to plastic therefore could not wear safety goggles. Anyone know of a remedy for this situation.
Linda Stroud, Ph.D
Science & Safety Consulting Services

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