OSHA updates eye and face protection standards
Apr06

OSHA updates eye and face protection standards

Effective April 25, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has new requirements for eye and face protection. From the agency’s press release: The rule updates references in OSHA’s Eye and Face Protection Standards to recognize the ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2010, Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protection Devices, while deleting the outdated 1986 edition of that same national consensus standard. OSHA is also retaining the 2003 and 1989 (R-1998) versions of the ANSI standard already referenced in its standard. In addition, the final rule updates the construction standard by deleting the 1968 version of the ANSI standard that was referenced and now includes the same three ANSI standards referenced above to ensure consistency among the agency’s standards. Here’s a piece from Occupational Health & Safety magazine about the development of the ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2010...

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Goggle reviews, anyone?
Dec10

Goggle reviews, anyone?

Ruth Bowers of the blog “Understanding Chemistry Through Cars” and Alfred University has a few goggle reviews on the blog and is looking for more: So, here’s the deal. I’m out of goggles to review! We’d love to hear from you about your favorite (or despised) goggles that meet the ANSI Z89+ Z87.1 standard. Let us know what works and what doesn’t. Share a photo of your goggles in action. If you’d like to submit a full review, contact us here (we’ll contact you by email to get a photo and more info). If you’d just like to give a short comment, tweet us a photo of your goggles. She has these questions in particular: Does the user have a large or small face? Do they wear glasses? What is typical goggle use? How long are they worn? What is the climate control in the lab space? Are the goggles comfortable? Do they fit well? Do they fog? Do typical anti-fog measures...

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Lesson learned: Eye protection
Jun04

Lesson learned: Eye protection

From the University of California, Berkeley, a lesson learned about wearing eye protection: A graduate student researcher was working at a laboratory bench synthesizing approximately one gram of diazonium perchlorate crystals. The student was transferring synthesized perchlorate using a metal spatula when the material exploded, sending porcelain fragments into his face. The fragments shattered the lenses of his eyeglasses and lacerated his left cornea. A researcher in an adjacent room assisted the student to the eyewash and called campus police. The student was taken to the hospital where he underwent surgery on his eye, and treatment for several facial lacerations. He was released from the hospital that same evening. Read the report for more details. (h/t Chemjobber, who also posted about this and received a rather disheartening comment from a UC Berkeley graduate...

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Lab coat versus concentrated acid
May19

Lab coat versus concentrated acid

Want a visual for why you should wear a lab coat? Check out Pictures from an Organic Chemistry Laboratory, where Kristof has a photo from a nitration that went awry, spilling concentrated sulfuric and nitric acid “everywhere.” It might even be an argument for adding an apron over a lab coat in some...

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Lesson learned video: Acid burn
Feb05

Lesson learned video: Acid burn

I just learned about two new videos from the University of California, San Diego (again!). The first is a great lesson learned video from a researcher who was burned when trifluoroacetic acid ran down her arm: The second is more of a PSA-style video about eye protection: I’ve added them to my videos list. As always, let me know if there’s a good video out there that I should...

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