How do I smoke resin out of a broken bowl?
That is a very good question. I haven't maintained up to date information on this (nor the degree of hazard in an organic chemistry laboratory, splash or impact?). However, as I recall, studies have indicated that contact lenses actually provide greater protection when worn with other personal eyewear safety equipment. If I recall correctly, there are anecdotal reports that in the event of an accident in which a splash occurred, the contact lenses kept chemicals out of the eyes for a longer time until the contacts were removed while washing the eyes. The manner in which they could be detrimental as indicated by another poster is if a person is being subjected to a gaseous chemical that could degrade the plastic. I have no knowledge of this danger. I also do not know if this danger is greater than the direct exposure of the unprotected eyes, that is the same person without contacts covering their eyes. Concomitant with this gaseous exposure is that contact may absorb a chemical and inserting a contaminated contact could increase exposure for a short time. If you used disposable lenses, this would still seem better. I had sought exposure data from the EPA, but I was never able to obtain any data. This is what I believe, the actual matter of safety will not be determined by data. The greater issue for anyone making a decision would be liability. If an insurer, lawyer, professor, lab coordinator, or safety officer believes that if an accident were to happen, would they be more or less liable to a law suit as a result?
So long as you were made aware of the rules of employment, you are responsible for not abiding by them. The employer took actions before termination (i.e. suspension) to allow you time to improve performance. The company is responsible for documenting infractions and actions taken to prove a case in a court of law. A lawsuit would be a waste of time.