Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Wearing contact lenses

Wearing contact lenses in the laboratory 

  •  Wearing contact lenses in the laboratory is prohibited: there is potential risk in chemical compounds getting caught between the lens and retina. 
  • Wear glasses and goggles instead.

Contact lenses should not be worn when working in the laboratory because chemical vapors can permeate the lenses and become trapped on the surface of the eye.  For individuals who wear contact lenses or glasses, safety goggles are recommended instead of safety glasses because of the additional protection goggles provide.