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Eye and Face Protection

Eye and face protection is a serious matter. Here are some of the major requirements of the OSHA standard for eye and face protection that should be considered:

  • All eye and face protection devices, such as safety glasses, goggles and face shields must be marked that they meet or exceed the test requirements of ANSI Z87.1-1989.
  • The marking is typically stamped somewhere on the frame of the glasses or goggles.
  • The ANSI Z87.1-1989 stamp is an indication that the lens and the frames are impact resistant and will help protect the wearer from frying objects.
  • If the glasses/goggles don’t have the ANSI Z78.1-1989 stamp, then they are not real safety glasses/goggles and should not be used.
  • Safety glasses used to protect workers from flying objects must also have side shields built into the design or attachable side shields that meet the ANSI standard. Flimsy “slide-on” side shields are not acceptable.
  • Workers who wear corrective lenses must either wear approved safety glasses with prescription lenses and frames or wear approved goggles designed to be worn over their regular prescription glasses.
  • Sunglasses are not an acceptable substitute for safety glasses or protection used during welding operations

Working without the proper eye and face protection could result in severe injury or blindness. Don’t take the chance. Your family needs you healthy and safe.