Advice on using contact lenses when working in an industrial environment has been given by an American institution.
The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine detailed the guidelines of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Individuals who wear contact lenses still need to be given proper industrial safety eyewear, as the lenses do not fulfil the safety requirements.
Research was carried out after changes to federal regulations prohibited the use of contact lenses with a respirator.
The study by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories concluded that the law should be revoked.
OSHA rules currently advise against using contact lenses when working with certain substances including acrylonitrile and methylene chloride.
Dust and chemicals present additional hazards to Contact Lenses wearers. OSHA recommends that workers have an extra pair of contacts or eyeglasses in case of contact failure or loss.
by Emily Tait