On March 25, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) announced that employers across various industries will be subject to updated eye and face protection standards. The final rule became effective on April 25, 2016, and revised related requirements in the general industry, maritime, and construction standards. Employers subject to these standards should assess their eye and face safety equipment, policies, and procedures to ensure they are in compliance with the applicable OSHA regulations.
Personal protective equipment (“PPE”) for the eyes and face is intended to protect employees from hazards associated with flying objects and splashes of hazardous chemicals, among other similar and associated hazards. According to OSHA, the final rule primarily does three things to update employee protections against these hazards. First, it incorporates the most recent ANSI/International Safety Equipment Association eye and face protection standard. Second, it removes the “oldest-referenced edition” of… Continue Reading