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View Full Document Right Arrow Icon your_safety_goggles Wear Your Safety Goggles Jim Kling United States 4 August 2006  Laboratories are hazardous places. It's easy to forget that when you work in one, day after day, and it's easy  to get complacent about eyewear. But eye injuries are painful and sometimes permanent, and all it takes is a  momentary lapse. Consider this example from an upper-division organic chemistry course at a small private  college. A student arrived with no lab coat and didn't put on his safety goggles. He took a place at a shared  fume hood with two other students, one of whom was in the process of heating solvent in a flask.  Suspicious that something wasn't right, the student heating the solvent raised the sash of the fume hood to  adjust the setup.  At that moment the glass shattered, spraying solvent on all three students. Two of them were wearing eye  protection. The new arrival, working next to the student whose flask had shattered, took solvent directly in  both eyes. "He was there less than 2 minutes, and he ended up with permanent reduction in his vision," says  Denis Sapiro, manager of the Occupational Health and Safety Office at the University of Washington, 
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