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Tuesday's Ask the Experts: Safety glasses

January 26, 2010
Tuesday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: Any thoughts on the following memo sent to workers: "Effective immediately, it is required that all personnel working in a housekeeper, janitor or maintenance position wear safety glasses 100 percent of the time they are working, regardless of the task they are performing." Is this necessary and is it prudent?
The answer:
There are obviously occasions, such as while using an acid bowl cleaner to dissolve mineral deposits in a toilet, when using safety glasses makes sense, although in almost forty years of acid bowl cleaning, I''ve chosen to use caution rather than goggles.
In fact, goggles that seal around the eyes would be far more effective than simple glasses that would allow fluids to run easily down behind them in case of a major splash in the face incident.
Beyond that, I can envision (maybe the glasses will help) only a few other occasions when safety glasses would be of any true value.
Maybe if ... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor
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