I require goggles in any labs where there is a risk of a splash to the eyes that would require an eyewash. We have never had to use the eyewash for its intended purposes. We do ask that they put a red mark on each side of the goggles if they are wearing contacts so that we know.
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
University of Michigan - Flint
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 Murphy, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry
Chairperson, Department of Chemistry, Environmental Science and Geology
Co-Chairperson, Health Professions Advisory Committee
Amy LeVesconte Professorship of Chemistry
JAMP Faculty Director
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
900 College Street
Belton, TX 76513-2599
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