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OSHA Updates Eye and Face Protection Standards

By Matt Wastradowski

OSHA has updated its eye protection standard for general industry workers.

OSHA has published a rule, effective April 25, 2016, that updates its eye and face personal protection requirements for general industry workers.

OSHA’s eye protection standard, 29 CFR 1910.133(b)(2), now accepts eye protection that can be demonstrated to be at least as effective as those meeting ANSI Z87.1-2010.

The 2010 edition represented a stark departure from previous standards in that it began organizing equipment by hazard type.

Per an OSHA press release, “The final rule reflects current national consensus standards, and ensures that workers can use up-to-date eye and face protection.”

Previously, OSHA’s eye protection standard had only referenced the ANSI Z87.1-2003, and ANSI Z87.1-1989 (R-1998) standards. In addition to general industry, the OSHA standard also applies to shipyards, marine terminals, longshore operations, and construction.

The latest update to the ANSI Z87.1 standard was issued in 2015. It added and altered several application-specific requirements, risks, and equipment, and it updated testing methods in accordance with global standards. It is considered to be at least as effective as the earlier standards and is therefore considered acceptable by OSHA.

PPE vital to a safe workplace

Graphic Products carries a variety of PPE for the eyes and face to ensure safe workplaces. The company’s PPE — including safety glasses, 'goggles required' signs, and eyewash station signage — promotes a workplace free of safety risks.