It is imperative that you wear safety goggles at all times in a lab. Some people actually take rules for granted and do not bother with it. Now there is a video that stresses the sheer importance of wearing safety goggles each time you visit a lab. Folks at Slow Mo Lab show what happens to a kitchen sponge when 98% concentrated sulfuric acid is poured over it.
There was no way it was going to survive this unprecedented assault.