[Histonet] Safety glasses required for embedding

Lee & Peggy Wenk lpwenk <@t> sbcglobal.net
Fri May 6 12:48:30 CDT 2011

OSHA standard for Eye and Face Protection 29CFR1910.133 says that 
appropriate eye or face protection is required whenever there is a 
possibility of injury from:
- flying particles (includes dust (for histotechs, thinks dry dye powders))
- molten metal
- liquid chemicals
- acid or caustic liquids
- chemical gases or vapors
- potentially injurious light radiation (e.g.., UV) (need UV lenses)
- processes that produce aerosols of infectious agents

OSHA standard for Personal Protective Equipment 29CFR1910.132 says that 
employers must provide and ensure employees wear PPE whenever there is 
exposure to hazards that can cause injury, that are:
- physical
- chemical
- biological

This could be through inhalation, absorption or physical contact. PPE 
include for face/head/eyes, extremities, respirators, as needed, in good 
condition and fit. So safety glasses fall under this standard, also.

So unless you have flying particles of tissue hitting your eyes during 
embedding, or fine mist of infectious aerosols coming off the tissues while 
embedding, I would say that OSHA does not require safety glasses during 

Peggy A. Wenk, HTL(ASCP)SLS
Beaumont Hospital
Royal Oak, MI 48073

From: "Cindy DeRiso" <cindy.deriso <@t> yale.edu>
Sent: Thursday, May 05, 2011 3:11 PM
To: <histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu>
Subject: [Histonet] Safety glasses required for embedding

> I am not sure if this has come up before, but does anyone require 
> personnel to wear safety glasses when embedding and if so is there an OSHA 
> policy? Thanks
> Cindy
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