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Current intelligence bulletin 59 - contact lens use in a chemical environment.
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Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2005-139, (CIB 59), 2005 Jun; :1-5
Since the 1978 Standards Completion Program, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has recommended that workers not wear contact lenses during work with chemicals that present an eye irritation or injury hazard. Recently, several professional groups have issued guidelines removing restrictions in the industrial environment. NIOSH has reviewed these guidelines, company policies on contact lens use and injury incidents, and the limited literature on contact lens use in a chemical environment. Injury data are lacking to indicate that contact lens wear should be restricted during work with hazardous chemicals, and thus NIOSH recommends that contact lens wear be permitted provided that the safety guidelines presented in this Current Intelligence Bulletin (CIB) are followed.
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DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2005-139; CIB 59
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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