OSHA Updates Eye & Face Protection Standard

A final ruling issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) updates requirements for the protection of general industry and construction workers against workplace hazards that could injure the eye and/or face by means of flying objects and splashes or spills of hazardous chemicals.

The updated standard went into effect April 25 in accordance with national consensus standards approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). This update does not affect the existing OSHA requirement for conducting a physical hazard assessment as part of an employer’s overall Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) program. Employers are required by OSHA to ensure the proper usage of eye and face protection by employees.

OSHA’s revised rule is in reference to the current ANSI Z87.1 standard titled: Occupational and Educational Eye and Face Protection Devices.

This regulatory update is not intended to be exhaustive nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as legal advice. Readers should contact legal counsel for legal advice. Content provided by our professional consulting partners at Integrated Loss Control (ILC).