From: McGrath Edward J <Edward.McGrath**At_Symbol_Here**REDCLAY.K12.DE.US>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] hypoallergenic goggles?
Date: Tue, 5 Jan 2016 21:09:48 +0000
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Good points all around.  I think it’s also worthwhile to investigate the incidents of dermatitis that occurred.  Could the goggles have been placed on the countertop then placed on the face?  Could they have been cleaned with a soap/detergent but not rinsed?  Could they have picked up a mold and not disinfected (i.e., is the allergy a true allergy?  Could it be a skin infection?)


The reason for these questions:  Eye protection in the lab (that is, appropriate eye protection for the investigation of interest) is a non-negotiable.  Not only will a hazard analysis related to this kind of dermatitis benefit the individual, it will be part of a larger quality assurance program for the lab.


Eddie McGrath


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From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**] On Behalf Of Debbie M. Decker
Sent: Tuesday, January 05, 2016 2:14 PM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] hypoallergenic goggles?


Face shields are considered secondary face protection and must be used with safety glasses or goggles underneath.  You don’t get anywhere with a face shield.


Has the person tried the goggles with the silicon seal?  The price point is higher but the goggles are very comfortable.


Hope this helps,



Debbie M. Decker, CCHO, ACS Fellow

Immediate Past Chair, Division of Chemical Health and Safety

University of California, Davis





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that proceeds smoothly under normal conditions,

can proceed violently in the presence of an idiot."




From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Tracy D. Harvey
Sent: Tuesday, January 05, 2016 8:19 AM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] hypoallergenic goggles?


A full face shield does solve the problem nicely. We keep one available in the Chemistry department for students who cannot wear goggles--usually due to an injury.

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On Jan 5, 2016, at 7:58 AM, Steve McLean <steve_mclean**At_Symbol_Here**BYU.EDU> wrote:

I’m looking for a chemical-splash type laboratory safety goggle for an individual with sensitive skin, who has experienced a contact allergic skin reaction when wearing goggles in the past.  Is anyone aware of a goggle that is ‘hypoallergenic’ or, based on your experience, less likely to cause skin/allergic reactions?





Steven J. McLean, CHMM, ASP

Brigham Young University

Laboratory Safety Manager

Risk Management - 241 FB

Office: (801) 422-6879

Cell: (801) 960-5203



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