From: "Battles, Paul" <pmb024**At_Symbol_Here**SHSU.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Contact Lenses in Eyewash?
Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2018 03:18:32 +0000
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU>
Message-ID: 20CE52A4-6D31-4F45-8E8A-4583766E5380**At_Symbol_Here**SHSU.EDU

Dr. Murphy, 

I have been told that the water pressure from the eyewash will knock out the contacts during rinsing that is a reason contacts are allowed now. At at no time should the hands make contact with the eyes. Everyone please correct me if I am wrong. 


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On Feb 22, 2018, at 6:19 PM, Murphy, Dr. Ruth Ann <rmurphy**At_Symbol_Here**UMHB.EDU> wrote:


Good Afternoon,


Is there any word on OSHA's requirement as to when contact lenses should be removed while using an eyewash?  The ACS Safety Video "Starting with Safety,"  states the following.  "If you are wearing contacts get them out as soon as you've given your eyes a good initial rinsing and then continue washing for at least 15 minutes then see a doctor."  On the other hand, someone told me OSHA requires rinsing the eyes 15 minutes before attempting to remove the contact lenses.  Thank you!


Ruth Ann



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