Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

No Cal-OSHA rules on black light

Assure Ms. Hot Date that she’s at greater risk shopping at the mall

Ms. Other's thinking heads in a kind of sensible direction, but at the last second it veers to the left and over a cliff. - Image by Rick Geary
Ms. Other's thinking heads in a kind of sensible direction, but at the last second it veers to the left and over a cliff.

Dear Matthew Alice: Last weekend I went with my significant other to one of those night entertainment spots where they have quite a few of those "black,lights,” the ones that give off a purplish glow and make your light-colored clothes glow in the dark. She says these ultraviolet lights are harmful to our eyes, especially because in the low-light environment, our pupils are wide open. I said that if these lights were harmful in any way, they would be banned by OSHA and Cal-OSHA for use in any public place. Can you settle this difference of opinion? (At her insistence, we went to a place without these lights to continue our evening of entertainment.) — No Name Please, Garfield High School

Ms. Other seems gloomily overinformed. For a while her thinking heads in a kind of sensible direction, but at the last second it veers to the left and over a cliff. Let’s set her straight before your social life is reduced to nothing but eye doctor visits. Black lights do emit UV radiation similar to the nasty rays from the sun that cause cataracts, sunburn, and skin cancer. But assure Ms. Hot Date that she’s at greater risk shopping at the mall than she is boogying at a day-glo dance club. Cal-OSHA has no regulations concerning black light use, manufacturers say they’re safe, and two local ophthalmologists concur. The sun’s exponentially more powerful than any wimpy dance club light, and you spend a whole lot less time under black lights than in sunlight. One manufacturer says that when he works for many hours installing a black light effect in a club, he’ll wear UV-protective sunglasses and sunscreen, but the average dancing fool doesn’t have a thing to worry about. According to one physician I talked to, the only known risk from dance club lights is for people with an extremely rare form of epilepsy who might be sent into convulsions by the flashing strobes. Of course, the line between dancing and convulsions is a fine one these days. Maybe no one would even notice.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Thai Joints rule in the Heights

Pick up or delivery, Thai fans have it good on Adams Avenue
Ms. Other's thinking heads in a kind of sensible direction, but at the last second it veers to the left and over a cliff. - Image by Rick Geary
Ms. Other's thinking heads in a kind of sensible direction, but at the last second it veers to the left and over a cliff.

Dear Matthew Alice: Last weekend I went with my significant other to one of those night entertainment spots where they have quite a few of those "black,lights,” the ones that give off a purplish glow and make your light-colored clothes glow in the dark. She says these ultraviolet lights are harmful to our eyes, especially because in the low-light environment, our pupils are wide open. I said that if these lights were harmful in any way, they would be banned by OSHA and Cal-OSHA for use in any public place. Can you settle this difference of opinion? (At her insistence, we went to a place without these lights to continue our evening of entertainment.) — No Name Please, Garfield High School

Ms. Other seems gloomily overinformed. For a while her thinking heads in a kind of sensible direction, but at the last second it veers to the left and over a cliff. Let’s set her straight before your social life is reduced to nothing but eye doctor visits. Black lights do emit UV radiation similar to the nasty rays from the sun that cause cataracts, sunburn, and skin cancer. But assure Ms. Hot Date that she’s at greater risk shopping at the mall than she is boogying at a day-glo dance club. Cal-OSHA has no regulations concerning black light use, manufacturers say they’re safe, and two local ophthalmologists concur. The sun’s exponentially more powerful than any wimpy dance club light, and you spend a whole lot less time under black lights than in sunlight. One manufacturer says that when he works for many hours installing a black light effect in a club, he’ll wear UV-protective sunglasses and sunscreen, but the average dancing fool doesn’t have a thing to worry about. According to one physician I talked to, the only known risk from dance club lights is for people with an extremely rare form of epilepsy who might be sent into convulsions by the flashing strobes. Of course, the line between dancing and convulsions is a fine one these days. Maybe no one would even notice.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Tennis with François Truffaut and Donal Logue

The film is helped immensely by casting four leads to play their own tennis
Next Article

Dex Romweber Livestream from the Cave, Author Livestream: Clare Mackintosh

Events August 16-August 18, 2020
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer News — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close