OSHA Updates Eye and Face Protection Standard
Tuesday April 19, 2016"OSHA eye and face protection standards are changing on April 25th 2016. Employers may comply with the 2010, 2003 or revised 1989 ANSI version of this standard. Read the full article to learn more!" Wendy Light | firstname.lastname@example.org OSHA Updates Eye and Face Protection Standard On March 25, 2016, OSHA issued a final rule updating the eye and face protection standard. The final rule updates references to the most recent eye and face protection standards issued by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The final rule also harmonizes eye and face protection standards for the construction industry with the standards for the general and maritime industries. The final rule becomes effective April 25, 2016. Action Steps Employers should review this final rule and make sure that their employee eye and face protection equipment meets ANSI Z87.1-2010, ANSI Z87.1-2003 or ANSI Z87.1-1989 (R-1998) requirements. Employers are not obligated to upgrade or replace current eye and face protection equipment to comply with the standard. Employers in states with an OSHA-approved plan should also monitor whether their state plan will adopt the federal standards for their state, or whether more stringent standards will be adopted as a result of this rulemaking. The Final Rule The changes prescribed by the final rule involve “incorporation by reference” of the latest ANSI standard—Z87.1-2010 (Occupational and Educational Eye and Face Protection Devices). ANSI Z87.1-2010 sets requirements for the selection, testing, use and maintenance of eye and face protectors. These protectors are a safeguard against many hazards, including impact, non-ionizing radiation and chemical exposure. The changes also remove the old ANSI (Z87.1-1989) version of the same standard as the norm for eye and face protection but retain ANSI Z87.1-2003 and ANSI Z87.1-1989 (R-1998) by reference as alternative means of compliance with OSHA’s eye and face protection requirements. Employers can obtain the ANSI/ISEA 2010, ANSI 2003 and 1989 (R-1998) versions of the Z87.1 standard from ANSI. This information comes in the form of a package and costs $57. The package is also available through IHS Standards and Techstreet stores. Finally, the final rule indicates that employers may rely on a manufacturer’s representation that eye and face protection products are in compliance with OSHA standards. Therefore, employers are not obligated to upgrade or replace current eye and face protection equipment to comply with the standard. General Industry and Maritime Industry Standards The final rule incorporates ANSI Z87.1-2010 and eliminates Z87.1-1989 in the following regulations:
- 29 CFR 1910.133(b)(1);
- 29 CFR 1915.153(b)(1); and
- 29 CFR 1917.91(a)(1)(i).
- 29 CFR 1910.6;
- 29 CFR 1915.5;
- 29 CFR 1917.3; and
- 29 CFR 1918.3
- Adopt the federal standard or a state standard that is at least as effective as the federal standard; or
- Show why adopting the federal standard is unnecessary under the state plan.