OSHA updates eye and face protection standards in final rule

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The rule updates requirements for personal protective equipment for workers in general industry, shipyards, longshoring, marine terminals, and construction.

April 18, 2016
OSHA updates eye and face protection standards in final rule

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration published a final rule updating requirements for personal protective equipment for workers in general industry, shipyards, longshoring, marine terminals, and construction. The final rule reflects current national consensus standards, and ensures that workers can use up-to-date eye and face protection, OSHA says. 

The rule updates references in OSHA’s Eye and Face Protection Standards to recognize the ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2010, Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protection Devices, while deleting the outdated 1986 edition of that same national consensus standard. The final rule updates the construction standard by deleting the 1968 version of the ANSI standard that was referenced and now includes the same three ANSI standards referenced above to ensure consistency among the standards. 

The updated rule becomes effective on April 25, 2016.

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