Eye Safety Memorandum
To: Parents or guardians of SC09 students
From: RMHS Science Department
Subject: Contact Lenses and Goggles
The Arizona Eye Safety Manual for Education warns that some types of contact lenses are conducive to serious eye damage since they may trap harmful gases and/or chemical splashes behind the lens.
Chemical splashes can be prevented. Students are required to wear splash-proof goggles which may prevent potentially harmful substances from splashing on the eyes. The spread of gases may not be prevented as easily. The mixing of chemicals is an integral part of the laboratory course. As chemicals are combined, gases may be released. Even though goggles are worn, these gases may react with some types of contact lenses resulting in damage to the lenses and eyes.
The classroom teacher has no way to determine if your child’s contact lenses constitute a risk, therefore we find it necessary to bring this important matter to your attention. If your child wears contact lenses, we urge you to check with your eye doctor to determine if a potential risk exists and ask for advice on ways to prevent the problems.
Safety is our primary concern. We do not want to place any student in jeopardy.
On the COURSE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FORM
Please indicate the action your child should take regarding contact lenses. The choices are:
1. My child DOES NOT wear contact lenses and will wear splash-proof goggles during experiments.
2. My child DOES wear contact lenses and HAS my permission to wear contacts with splash-proof goggles during experiments.
3. My child will be responsible for removing his/her contacts and putting on glasses under splash-proof goggles during experiments.
Then sign that you have read and understand the information above and have marked your decision for your child.