August 19, 1993
MEMORANDUM FOR All Staff Division
Subject: Safety Reminder
I would like to remind all staff of two safety issues that were reported on our annual safety inspection by the NIST Safety Office:
Only prescription glasses that meet the ANSI Z87.1 standard may be worn in areas requiring eye protection. Glasses which meet this standard have "Z87" engraved on the frame or lens. In general, prescription eye glasses with plastic lens obtained from an eye doctor DO NOT meet this standard, and it is necessary to wear a pair of safety glasses over the prescription glasses. It is particularly important that we remind visitors who use our laboratories of the NIST requirements that safety glasses must be worn in designated areas and that their eye glasses may not meet the ANSI Z87.1 standard.
All Division Staff are reminded that they may obtain safety glasses with prescription or plain lens through the NIST Safety Office.
During our last safety inspection a number of rooms had unprotected hypodermic needles, scalpel, and razor blades on the work bench. When not in use, which means when you leave the work area, these sharps must be properly protected; for example, by the plastic case a needle is purchased in, or by placing a blade in piece of foam. All sharps must be disposed of in the dark red biohazard containers located in each lab.
Finally, please remember when completing the Guest Researcher Safety Awareness Check List that all items must be checked. The only two items that may have N/A (not applicable) indicated are crane and machine shop safety, and the item marked "other" need only be completed if a safety concern has to be noted.
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