From: "Wilhelm, Monique" <mwilhelm**At_Symbol_Here**UMFLINT.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] contact lens use in chemistry labs
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 18:01:07 +0000
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The lab safety textbook that my dept just adopted recommends having those that wear contacts identify that they have the contacts by putting red dots on the goggles in case they somehow still get something in their eyes.  I have taken quite a few great ideas out of this book!

 

Monique Wilhelm

Laboratory Manager

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

University of Michigan – Flint

 

From: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety [mailto:DCHAS-L@PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Jim Kaufman
Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2016 1:30 PM
To: DCHAS-L@PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] contact lens use in chemistry labs

 

NIOSH published a Current Intelligence Bulletin in 2005 about the use of contact lenses in chemical environment. 

 

And, CCS ten years earlier published what almost amounted to an apology for misleading people into believing that the use of contact lenses in lab should be prohibited.

 

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From: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety [mailto:DCHAS-L@PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of roberth_hill
Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2016 9:35 AM
To: DCHAS-L@PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] contact lens use in chemistry labs

 

Several years ago restrictions on contacts were removed  (by NIOSH,  as I remember). I remember an article in JCHS by Eileen Segal addressing this. Thanks.  Bob Hill 

 

 

 

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From: "Wilhelm, Monique" <mwilhelm@UMFLINT.EDU>
Date: 9/14/16 8:43 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: DCHAS-L@PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] contact lens use in chemistry labs

The ACS CCS seems to support wearing contact lenses.  https://www.acs.org/content/dam/acsorg/about/governance/committees/chemicalsafety/safetypractices/contact-lens-policy-letter-to-niosh.pdf

 

 

Also, SACL does not prohibit contact lenses, but does state that they cannot be a substitute for goggles or safety glasses.  https://www.acs.org/content/dam/acsorg/about/governance/committees/chemicalsafety/publications/safety-in-academic-chemistry-laboratories-students.pdf

  I know that SACL is currently under revision.  But, I have not heard anything about changing this recommendation.

 

Neither document brings in an exception when working with MeCl2.

 

Monique Wilhelm

Laboratory Manager

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

University of Michigan – Flint

 

From: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety [mailto:DCHAS-L@PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Peter Zavon
Sent: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 8:24 PM
To: DCHAS-L@PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] contact lens use in chemistry labs

 

The meaning of “should” and “shall” in the OSHA regulatory context is clear and long established.

 

“Should” is advisory and “shall” is mandatory.

 

The MeCl standard you quoted is recommending that contacts not be worm, it is not forbidding. It is not requiring some additional assessment before they can be  permitted.  It is merely recommending.

 

I believe the American Ophthalmological Association issued a position paper a good many years ago saying that use of contacts in a chemical lab is not a hazard in the vast majority of situations, but is not a substitute for safety glasses or goggles.

 

 

Peter Zavon, CIH
Penfield, NY

PZAVON@Rochester.rr.com

 

 

From: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety [mailto:DCHAS-L@PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Biersack, Mary
Sent: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 5:32 PM
To: DCHAS-L@PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [DCHAS-L] contact lens use in chemistry labs

 

Hello,

Our chemistry lab currently does not allow anyone to wear contact lenses in the labs.  I’d like to propose that we allow contacts under safety glasses, goggles or face shields.  We do use methylene chloride, many different corrosive chemicals and potent compounds (mostly in chemical fume hoods but sometimes on the open bench top if dilute or in very small quantities).  The dilemma I’m facing is that OSHA states in 1910.1052 for Methylene Chloride that contact lenses should not be worn when working with this chemical.  I take this a recommendation not a hard rule.  Some of my safety colleagues interpret “should not” to mean that contacts can be worn as long as I can prove that a hazard does not exist (which I don’t think I can do but I feel comfortable with the risk level, citing NIOSH recommendations and scientific studies but not all studies are well enough designed to prove there is no hazard). 

 

My hazard evaluation would include listing the chemicals that are more of a hazard and training the chemists accordingly and letting the chemists decide if they want to take the risk or decide not to wear contacts and order the prescription safety glasses that the company will buy.  Some safety people want me to limit contact lens use only for chemical use that will pose no hazards.  However, in a very large lab with hundreds of chemicals that are constantly changing this would be more work than I feel value added and would confuse the chemists leading to non-compliance. 

 

I would like your thoughts,

Mary

 

 

Mary Biersack

Lab Safety and Chemical Hygiene Specialist

West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.

P: +1 610-594-3278

530 Herman O. West Drive | Exton, PA 19341 | United States

mary.biersack@westpharma.com

 

 

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