Most of our Teaching Labs work under the campus & department rule for lab eyewear: goggles or glasses on everyone when anyone in the lab is working with chemicals or glassware – if you’re using the lab for a tutorial or exam, eyewear is not needed. If I see a student wearing goggles or glasses that don’t fit them, I try to engage them in evaluating what they’re getting from the eyewear and offer them some alternatives from my ever-expanding stock of styles and fits. Rx glasses need room under goggles and safety glasses, but different faces also need different goggles (to close the gaps). I’ll take their current pair in trade for something better, so they don’t lose their purchase cost.
In our introductory labs – which are also our large services classes (General Chem & Intro O-Chem) – the Instructors maintain a goggles-only rule: indirectly vented chemical splash goggles on all students, TAs, Instructors & Staff. This provides the greatest protection for the most inexperienced students & relieves the TA of checking whether the choice of goggles vs. glasses is correct.
Sheila Kennedy, C.H.O.
Safety Coordinator | Teaching Laboratories
UCSD Chemistry & Biochemistry |MC 0303
Office: (858) 534-0221 | Fax: (858) 534-7687
On Tue, Nov 5, 2013 at 5:42 PM, Lopez, Leonardo <llopez**At_Symbol_Here**exchange.fullerton.edu> wrote:
I wanted to ask the group if you have come across students wearing non-OTG (over-the-glass) safety glasses over prescription glasses in the laboratory. If you have, what steps have you taken to address this issue, and do you have a written policy that targets this specific issue that you wouldn’t mind sharing?
We highly recommend and encourage all students in our laboratories to wear chemical splash resistant goggles, but we still get many students who wear the non-OTG safety glasses over their prescription glasses. Not only do they look silly, but this practice, I feel, makes the students more vulnerable to potential chemical splashes rather than protecting them.
Any information you can share would be greatly appreciated. You can respond to the group or reply to me directly at llopez**At_Symbol_Here**fullerton.edu. Thank you.
Leo Lopez, CHO, LSO, ARSO
Environmental Health and Safety Office
California State University, Fullerton
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