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Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Contact Lenses in Eyewash?
Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2018 20:04:05 -0500
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU>
When OSHA incorporates an ANSI standard into law by reference, it becomes part of Federal regulation. According to this various Standard Interpretation letters (see https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owaquery.query_docs?src_doc_type=INTERPRETATIONS&src_anchor_name=1910.151(c)&src_ex_doc_type=STANDARDS&src_unique_file=1910_0151
), ANSI Z358.1 was never
adopted by OSHA, so while it can recommend
Z358.1 as a guidance document, it can not enforce
compliance with it. Note that Z358.1 *is* adopted by other jurisdictions inside and outside the US as well as the UPC an IPC (plumbing codes). I do not have a copy of the current version available, but others on the list are on that ANSI committee and can comment if this "recommendation" is in there. I sincerely doubt it is. Removing a contact lens literally takes seconds, and after the initial splash has been rinsed, one would think it more important to get rid of the lens as it may prevent flushing liquid from getting to the eye surface beneath. In fact, a good eyewash should flush the contact lenses out to begin with!
So I'd say yes, the ACS video is correct and the other person is repeating lore they picked up somewhere.
OSHA does discuss in 1910 Subpart I, Appendix B (voluntary), Personal Protective Equipment" that when selecting PPE "(6) Wearers of contact lenses must also wear appropriate eye and face protection devices in a hazardous environment. It should be recognized that dusty and/or chemical environments may represent an additional hazard to contact lens wearers." But that's pretty much all they have to say on the topic
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