As has been mentioned before, context matters. Perhaps, as Marta's colleague said, there was a better thumbnail that would have conveyed how engaging this video series is without prompting safety questions when removed from the context of the presentation.
As for the idea that safety glasses are warranted when pouring molasses from a glass beaker, I'm going to have to disagree. While the SDS for molasses that John shared does call for eye and hand protection, Section 2 of that document states that molasses is non-hazardous. Manufacturers that recommend PPE for handling non-hazardous substances may be motivated more by liability fears than by reasoned risk assessments. And, while I can't claim that Jim's scenario is impossible, it doesn't seem any more likely than getting glass in one's eye while washing dishes after dinner.
Christopher M. Kolodziej, Ph.D.
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I think there's a question of consistency here from the ACS.
Years ago, with the ACS Silicon Valley chapter, our college hosted a "Teach the Teachers" workshop involving candy chemistry. We were working with water, skittles, m&ms, etc. Nothing that I would consider toxic. Because the workshop was designed for teachers working on a non-existent to limited budget, their "beakers" and "lab glassware" were recycled soda cans and other household items. My ears are still ringing with the shouts of "you need to wear your safety glasses! ACS needs you wearing your glasses in the photos!"
Would I wear PPE when handling maple syrup in my kitchen? No. Would I if I were going to be on a promotional poster for the ACS? If you asked me last week I would have said the ACS standards dictated it.
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I couldn't agree more with Jim here. The ACS is supposed to show true leadership not Pooh Pooh something important. If indeed they actually performed any hazard analysis they would come to the conclusion Jim did. Shame on them.
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On Aug 20, 2020, at 7:53 PM, James Kaufman <jim**At_Symbol_Here**labsafety.org> wrote:
They are badly mistaken.
The young woman is holding a glass beaker. If she drops it, she could have glass in her eyes. She should be wearing safety glass with side shields.
Please ask them to reconsider. ... Jim
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