OSHA's New Eye & Ear Protection Rules Now in Effect

Originally published by: EHS TodayMarch 28, 2016

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OSHA published a final rule that updates eye and face protection standards.

The rule, which goes into effect April 25, covers PPE requirements for workers in general industry, shipyards, longshoring, marine terminals and construction.

The new rule updates OSHA’s Eye and Face Protection Standards to include ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2010 – Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protection Devices – and remove the 1986 edition of the same standard. OSHA is keeping the 2003 and 1989 versions of the ANSI standard referenced in the standard.

The rule also updates the construction standard by removing the 1968 version of the ANSI standard to instead have the construction industry follow the same standard as the other industry included in the rule.

OSHA initially proposed changes to its eye and face protection standards on March 13, 2015. Because there were no significant changes suggested during the public comment period, OSHA opted to adopt the rule as proposed last year.


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