From: Don Abramowitz <dabramow**At_Symbol_Here**BRYNMAWR.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] New Video from UCSD
Date: March 30, 2012 1:49:19 PM EDT
Reply-To: DCHAS-L <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU>
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As to statutes, if you dig into the ANSI standards for manufacturing eye protection, you will find language to the effect that safety glasses are intended for impact protection and splash goggles are intended for splash protection.  They don't prohibit the wearing of safety glasses where there are splashes, but neither do they endorse the practice.

To chime into the larger discussion, I'd just like to suggest that "the enemy of the good is the perfect."  That is, goggles are indeed more splash protective than wrap-around safety glasses, but I would rather see safety glasses resting on someone's nose than goggles propped on their forehead because the lens is too fogged up to see through.   I think both have a place in labs, with some judgment and the phrase "it depends" applied case-by-case.

(That said, if anyone knows of a truly fog-free goggle, please advise!)


PS:   I really like the video.

Donald Abramowitz
Environmental Health & Safety Officer
Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr, PA

Neither 1910.132 nor 1910.133 specify what kind of eye protection is needed (1910.133 seems to be about welding masks.
Am I missing something?
 Professional consultants  recommended safety glasses  for non acid/base work here  a couple of years ago.
 I'd love  to be able to point  out a statute that says Goggles not glasses
  John Hyde
Santa Clara University
Chem Tech.
Dept of Chem & Biochem

>>> <JAKSAFETY**At_Symbol_Here**AOL.COM> 3/29/2012 7:53 PM >>>
It does not matter what type of lab you are in.  If the hazard is chemical splash or chemical droplet, the only appropriate eye protection is either unvented or indirectly vented cover goggles (chemical splash goggles.
See 29CFR1910.132, 29CFR1910.133, and ANSI Z-87.1 
Either you want to follow the federal and California regulations or you want to be in violation (and we all know what happens in CA if you do that)!
While I applaud what is an otherwise excellent video, this is a huge disservice to getting everyone to do what is required by law. 
Please, Please. Please. Edit out the safety glasses for protection against chemical splash.  Without any equivocation, I believe they are totally wrong.   ... Jim
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