Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2011 20:39:00 -0700
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Subject: Re: Allergic to plastic
Lotions and/or make-up trapped by the goggles may aggravate the skin also.
Gordon Kroemer, CSP, NRCC-CHO
On Oct 18, 2011, at 9:28 AM, Richard W. York wrote:
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.
Coordinator of Chemistry Labs
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 for by-pass after an accident.
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