I have been hearing a good deal lately that UV is a poor disinfectant. Conventional methods work better and are more economical without the risk of eye and skin UV exposure.
As for "safety glasses" not "goggles" in a low splash potential 100 level biology lab, I have seen labs that do not require any eye protection. Recently in one of those classes, a student was splashed with some CaroSafe liquid from Carolina Biological and had to use the eye wash.
If an eye wash is present, does that strengthen the argument to use eye protection at all times?
What do the MSDS (or SDS) for the chemical or products used state (regardless of qty)?
What is the pedagogical view? Are we preparing student to work in the real world? Using goggles now develops the technique of using PPE and the culture of safety (regardless of the lab hazards).
I think the best solution for biology labs with low splash potential or splash potential only during certain weeks (i.e. - dissections) - is a shared scheme.
The department provides the eyewear at the beginning of the lab and collects it back at the end of the class session. This means that the eye wear must be tracked, disinfected, and replaced when lost or damaged. I am eager to hear other possible solutions and views on this subject matter.
James Saccardo, CHMM
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Subject: [DCHAS-L] ? Re Safety Glasses and UV Cabinets
One of my colleagues is interested in knowing what other University Biology labs require in terms of eye protection in their labs with low splash potential due to minute quantities handled and how they go about it. Does anyone have any experience with providing safety glasses and a UV cabinet for disinfection for a class room?
Thank you for your wisdom,
Laboratory Supervisor/Adjunct Lecturer/Chem Club Co-Advisor Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry University of Michigan-Flint Flint, MI 48502
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