Eye and Face Protection

Standards

Eye and face protection is addressed in specific OSHA standards for general industry, maritime, and construction. This section highlights OSHA standards and documents related to eye and face protection.

OSHA Standards
General Industry (29 CFR 1910)
General Industry (29 CFR 1910)
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1910 Subpart I - Personal Protective Equipment

1910.132, General requirements.

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1910.133, Eye and face protection.

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1910 Subpart I App B, Nonmandatory Compliance Guidelines for Hazard Assessment and Personal Protective Equipment Selection

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1910 Subpart Q - Welding, Cutting and Brazing

1910.252, General requirements. See paragraph (b)(2) for information related to eye protection.

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Maritime (29 CFR 1915, 1917, 1918)
Maritime (29 CFR 1915, 1917, 1918)
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1915 Subpart I - Personal Protective Equipment

1915.153, Eye and face protection.

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1918 Subpart J - Personal Protective Equipment

1918.101, Eye and face protection.

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Construction Industry (29 CFR 1926)
Construction Industry (29 CFR 1926)
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1926 Subpart E - Personal Protective and Life Saving Equipment

1926.95, Criteria for personal protective equipment.

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1926.102, Eye and face protection.

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State Standards

There are 28 OSHA-approved State Plans, operating state-wide occupational safety and health programs. State Plans are required to have standards and enforcement programs that are at least as effective as OSHA's and may have different or more stringent requirements.

Additional Federal Register notices

Note: The notices in this list provide additional information that is not necessarily connected to a specific OSHA standard highlighted on this Safety and Health Topics page.

Additional Letters of Interpretation

Note: The letters in this list provide additional information that is not necessarily connected to a specific OSHA standard highlighted on this Safety and Health Topics page.

National Consensus Standards

Note: These are NOT OSHA regulations. However, they do provide guidance from their originating organizations related to worker protection.

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

  • Z87.1, Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protection Devices. Sets forth criteria related to the description, general requirements, testing, marking, selection, care, and use of protectors to minimize or prevent injuries, from such hazards as impact, non-ionizing radiation, and chemical type injuries, in occupational and educational environments including, but not limited to, machinery operations, material welding and cutting, chemical handling, and assembly operations.
    • Z87.1, Practice for Occupational/Educational Eye and Face Protection. American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), Secretariat for ANSI Standard (Revised 1998). Recognizes the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) study that revealed the need for angular protection in addition to frontal protection.
  • Z358.1, Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment. Provides requirements for eyewash facilities, including location and flow specifications.