Wearing Contact Lenses While Working with Chemicals

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Can I wear contact lenses if I work with chemicals?

Wearing Contact Lenses While Working with Chemicals

Currently, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) does not preclude those who wear contact lenses from working with chemicals, which may prevent an eye irritant or injury hazard. In 1978, NIOSH did propose a policy where it was recommended that contact lenses not be worn while working with chemicals. However, recent studies have caused them to retract the recommendation. Today, NIOSH allows the use of contact lenses when working with chemicals as long as proper eye protection such as goggles or respirators are also used.



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