Eye Protection


Effective immediately, to comply with OSHA and MIOSHA requirements, the Department of Chemistry requires laboratory occupants to wear eye protection that meets the American National Standards Institute standard (ANSI Z87.1). Safety glasses must be worn by all workers and visitors to the laboratory at all times. Further, splash resistant goggles and/or a full-face shield must be worn during chemical transfer and handling operations as procedures mandate.
The subbasement stockroom has a selection of both safety glasses and goggles in stock. These items were selected on the recommendation of the Safety Coordinators of the research groups based on their comfort for extended wear. Please let us know if you encounter any difficulties.
To assist those who wear prescription glasses, safety glasses meeting the ANSI standard will be provided by the department through an arrangement with Wallace Opticians at any of their three locations:
  • 3040 Vine Street, Lansing, MI 48912, 332-8628 (this location is across the street from Sears in the Frandor Mall).
  • 5427 W. Saginaw, Lansing, MI 48917, 323-4027.
  • 1915 W. Grand River, Okemos, MI 48864, 349-4050 (near Frank's Nursery at the intersection of Grand River Avenue and Marsh Road).
To obtain prescription glasses, first obtain an authorization slip from the Business Office in room 324 of the Chemistry Building. Take this slip to the location selected and pick out the type of safety glasses you deisre. The department will provide for selections according to the following: basic lenses may include single vision, bifocal, or trifocal lenses as required; lens options may include glass, plastic or polycarbonate and scratch-resistant coating; frames must be selected from Frame Groups 1 or 2 (frame case included with new frames); side shields are required; nose pads are supplied optionally. Other options are, of course, available through Wallace Opticians, as are eye examinations to determine the prescription, but the requestor will need to pay for any additional charges incurred as a result of alternative features built into the order. The department does not pay for the cost of the eye examination if one is needed, so the requestor needs to present the prescription or enable the company to determine the prescription by examination of the eyeglasses now in use.
Door signs, showing the eye protection that must be worn, are available as PDF files for downloading, printing, and posting on the laboratory doors.