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PPE: Eye Protection
Why wear PPE? • PPE is important because it’s the main way to protect yourself from injuries • Accidents always seem to happen “the one time” the person wasn’t wearing PPE
Why wear glasses? • Protect your eyes from injuries: – Chemical splashes – Physical injuries – Biological exposures – UV burns
Common Eye Injuries • The CDC reports that every day 2, 000 U. S. workers have a job-related eye injury – Majority are from small particles striking or abrading the eye – Chemical burns are also common – Infectious disease transmission is a concern for laboratory workers http: //www. cdc. gov/niosh/topics/eye/
UCD Policy • It is the responsibility of laboratory workers to use proper protective equipment when working in the lab. • Wear eye protection when working with hazardous materials that may cause injuries to the eye.
Video on Eye Safety • “Splash Zone!” video link – Video produced by the University of California – San Diego
Which glasses to wear? • Think about potential hazards – Chemical? Biological? Physical? UV? – Splash danger? • Goggles provide more protection than safety glasses vs.
Which glasses to wear? • Use tinted safety glasses when working with UV or lasers • Face shields and full-face respirators provide additional protection http: //www. cdc. gov/niosh/topics/eye/toolbox-eye. html
Emergency Response • If you get something in your eye – Use nearest eyewash to flush for 5 -10 minutes – Seek medical care – Notify your lab manager and PI • Report incidents to Risk Management with 4 business days