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    Darkroom aprons & safety glasses

    Tell me what you have, if any, and why it works for you. T-Shirt & Jeans to the big heavy rubber coated ones, what's your choice and what's your price point?

    Safety glasses, shields, slip over's, for those who wear glasses what your choice there. A splash of acetone on plastic lenses could ruin a nice day, not to mention the eye? For those who don't wear glasses do you wear goggles etc.?
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    Old(ish) clothes so if they get splashed it doesn't really matter, and although I wear glasses I don't in the darkroom - they get in the way and I am short sighted anyway. Plus with 50 years working in a darkroom I have never splashed my eyes with any chemical. I have never used acetone in the darkroom at all so that presents no risk.

    My workshop is a different matter, Goggles when I am grinding metal or turning wood, Earplugs when I'm doing something noisy and gloves when I am working in the garden or dealing with bricks or cement. Just common sense and what risks I think may be present.

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    No safety gear other than careful use of my chems and such. I mix powdered chems outside on my back porch, and the chems I use are low/no odor except toners. I do most of my toning outdoors as well. I do however use nitrile gloves when using pyro developers and selenium toning.
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    Shorts, Singlet and barefeet (or flip flops)

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    mostly nothing special until I need to mix. Because I do a fair amount of reversals I handle bisulphate,dichromate and sulfuric acid. That brings out the gloves, glasses (to be able to read as well), mask and sometimes the apron.
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    I have found that not diving into the trays and splashing around is all the safety measures I have to take. Just wear old jeans and a sweatshirt and use tongs to keep finger prints off everything and keep cross contamination out of the picture works well for me.

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    Latex rubber all-in-one catsuit and a gasmask.

    Not because of the chemicals, mind you, I'm just a perve ...

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    "a splash of acetone"

    Where in darkroom work acetone is used?

    (I have handled 1L metal containers of acetone (for surface cleaning) in my DIY workshop in the past without any face protection. Though by becoming presbyoptic at least a most basic eye-protection is know inherent to me... my glasses)

    To highten protection I use a pair of safety glasses with a slight rim to go over my standard glasses. I do not use googles with skin cintact, nor do I (yet) use safety glasses with correcting lenses.

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    Latex gloves and my eyeglasses (to see with and to protect my eyes). If mixing D76, I'll don a bandanna too, although after reading Rick's post I'll start going out on the back porch. Sounds safer. Might even attempt measure it out for one-shot that way. Always wanted to try that. Maybe a dedicated food processor to mix it up well first hand before divving it up into one-shot portions? That would be great having one-shot D76.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdeeh View Post
    Latex rubber all-in-one catsuit and a gasmask.

    Not because of the chemicals, mind you, I'm just a perve ...
    Very sensible but you are neglecting the balaclava with the eyes sewn shut and zippered mouth.
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