From: "Sawtelle, Roberta" <rsawtelle**At_Symbol_Here**UCSD.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] allergy? to goggles
Date: April 12, 2013 10:50:53 AM EDT
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My first thought is a possible latex or PVC allergy.  Might want to check on goggles that are latex and PVC free.


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From: Kennedy, Sheila
Sent: Thursday, April 11, 2013 3:40 PM
To: DCHAS-L Discussion List; SAFETY
Subject: allergy? to goggles


Many thanks to those who have answered and offered help.

I have further information after I talked to the student today. It’s not the skin around his eyes that hurts, although it looked red. His eyes hurt as though something is in them & the feeling stops when he takes off the goggles (2 different pairs, so far).

He’s calling his doctor and I’m talking to anyone who might have a clue.




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From: Kennedy, Sheila
Sent: Thursday, April 11, 2013 10:27 AM
To: 'SAFETY'; DCHAS-L Discussion List
Subject: allergy to goggles


Perhaps someone has experience with this.


We have a student in general chem lab who appears to be sensitive to the materials in his lab goggles. His face was red and showed raised bumps and he reported the contact was very painful after just  short time. We tried careful washing of goggles and a pair from another maker, with very similar results.


Today I’m going to give him a pair of safety glasses and a full-face shield to use while we pursue this question. I plan to let him take several pairs of different goggles with him and try them – perhaps an hour at a time – at home to see if he can find something useful.


Is there anything we can apply to the flange material to isolate it from skin? Any and all suggestions are welcome!


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