Improve Consistency of PPE Requirements to Improve Consistency of PPE Use

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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  Z - Not used - Was Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( see Federal Agency U. S. DOE or under DOE Contractor LL National Security), Livermore, CA

Published As:  Public


Topics:  Chemical Safety, Occupational Safety and Health, Laboratory

A droplet of methanol splashed into a student's eye while using a 500-ml poly squirt bottle to clean resin out of a vial. The student was not wearing eye protection at the time, having failed to re-don safety glasses upon reentering the lab after a break. All appropriate follow-up actions, including rinsing the affected eye, reporting, and medical examinations, were completed and the student was released with no apparent eye injury. The requirement to wear safety glasses in this lab is task-dependent - IF work involving certain materials is going to be performed, THEN specified PPE is required. It is left to the individual to be knowledgeable about the work controls, identify the need, and don safety glasses when appropriate. Some other labs, including the only other laboratory this student works in, have mandatory PPE requirements. All personnel entering these labs are required to don the specified PPE upon entry regardless of the work location or task. Recommendation: Implement donning some level of PPE into the process for entering any lab that routinely uses potentially hazardous chemicals or materials, or potentially hazardous forms of chemicals or materials.

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