Eye and Face Protection eTool
OSHA's Eye and Face Protection eTool provides compliance assistance information to employers and employees, helps implement requirements for a hazard assessment, and aids in the selection of eye and face protective equipment. It applies to occupational and educational operations involving potential eye and face hazards.
Are you in danger of becoming a statistic? Thousands of people are blinded each year from work-related eye injuries that could have been prevented with the proper selection and use of eye and face protection. Eye injuries alone cost more than $300 million per year in lost production time, medical expenses, and worker compensation.
Are you wearing the proper protective equipment?
What is your employer's responsibility in ensuring your safety?
Do not rely on personal protective equipment (PPE) devices alone to provide protection against hazards. Use personal protective equipment in conjunction with guards, engineering controls, and sound manufacturing practices.
The following OSHA standards apply when selecting proper eye and face protection for the workplace:
- 29 CFR 1910.132, General requirements
- 29 CFR 1910.133, General Industry
- 29 CFR 1915.153, Maritime
- 29 CFR 1926.102, Construction
Workers have the right to:
- Working conditions that do not pose a risk of serious harm.
- Receive information and training (in a language and vocabulary the worker understands) about workplace hazards, methods to prevent them, and the OSHA standards that apply to their workplace.
- Review records of work-related injuries and illnesses.
- File a complaint asking OSHA to inspect their workplace if they believe there is a serious hazard or that their employer is not following OSHA's rules. OSHA will keep all identities confidential.
- Exercise their rights under the law without retaliation, including reporting an injury or raising health and safety concerns with their employer or OSHA. If a worker has been retaliated against for using their rights, they must file a complaint with OSHA as soon as possible, but no later than 30 days.
For additional information, see OSHA's Workers page.
How to Contact OSHA
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov or call OSHA at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742), TTY 1-877-889-5627.
*eTools are stand-alone, interactive, highly illustrated web-based training tools on occupational safety and health topics. Some use expert system modules, which enable users to answer questions and receive reliable advice on how OSHA regulations apply to their work site. Some provide guidance information for developing a comprehensive safety and health program and include other recommended practices that often go beyond specific OSHA requirements. As indicated in the disclaimer, eTools do not create new OSHA requirements.