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.
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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.
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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.
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