OSHA requirements are set by statute, standards and regulations. Our interpretation letters explain these requirements and how they apply to particular circumstances, but they cannot create additional employer obligations. This letter constitutes OSHA's interpretation of the requirements discussed. Note that our enforcement guidance may be affected by changes to OSHA rules. Also, from time to time we update our guidance in response to new information. To keep apprised of such developments, you can consult OSHA's website at http://www.osha.gov.

October 22, 1982

 

 

MEMORANDUM FOR: JAMES W. LAKE
REGIONAL ADMINISRATOR
   
THRU: JOHN B. MILES, JR.,
DIRECTOR
OFFICE OF FIELD COORDINATION
   
FROM: PATRICK R. TYSON DIRECTOR,
FEDERAL COMPLIANCE AND
STATE PROGRAMS
   
SUBJECT: Wearing of Contact Lens While Welding
   
REFERENCE: Region VII Memorandum dated September 27, 1982.

 


The OSHA policy regarding the wearing of contact lens in industry is consistent with the attached position set forth by the National Society for the Prevention of Blindness (Secretariat for the ANSI Z87.1 - Committee).

If properly protected in accordance with the OSHA Standards applicable to eye protection (ANSI Z87.1-1968) during the welding operation the use of contact lenses is acceptable. The exception to this would be where the welding process may produce gas or vapors that could be harmful to employees wearing contact lenses.