Personal Protective Equipment

OSHA Updates Eye and Face Protection Standards

In a final rule published March 25, 2016, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) updated requirements for eye and face protections for workers in general industry, shipyards, longshoring operations, marine terminals, and construction.

The final rule, which reflects current national consensus standards, ensures that workers can use up-to-date eye and face protection.

The rule updates references in OSHA’s Eye and Face Protection Standards to recognize the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) Z87.1-2010 Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protection Devices while deleting the outdated 1986 edition of that same national consensus standard. OSHA is also retaining the 2003 and 1989 (R-1998) versions of the ANSI standard already referenced in its new standard.

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