OSHA recently published a proposal to revise personal protective equipment requirements in the agency's general industry, shipyard employment, long shoring, marine terminals and construction standards. The proposal, if enacted, would align OSHA’s eye and face protection standard with the latest ANSI consensus standards on eye and face protection. OSHA also plans to update the construction eye and face protection standard to make it more consistent with general industry and maritime standards.

How does this affect you as an employer? It shouldn’t. But keeping you updated with changes to the regulations is important.

The proposed update to the construction eye and face protection standard involves: (1) Changes to the ANSI standard references and (2) inclusion of language from the general industry eye and face protection standard. With respect to the ANSI standard update, OSHA will amend 29 CFR 1926.6 and 1926.102, which currently incorporate by reference ANSI Z87.1-1968, to include the three most recent versions of the ANSI standard, ANSI Z87.1-2010, ANSI Z87.1-2003, and ANSI Z87.1-1989 (R-1998). With respect to the inclusion of language from the general industry standard, OSHA will modify certain existing language to make it nearly identical to the language in the general industry standard's eye and face protection provisions. It will also retain provisions unique to the current construction standard that do not appear to be covered in the versions of the ANSI Z87.1 incorporated by the proposal.

These changes better reflect the requirements of the newer consensus standards and ease compliance for employers whose employees might also perform work covered by the general industry or maritime standards.

To see the complete proposed revision click here.