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 https://www.osha.gov.

August 13, 1984

Mr. David A. LaMarre
Director, Vision Technology Research
and Development
American Optical Corporation
Box 1
Southbridge, Massachusetts 01550

Dear Mr. LaMarre:

This is in response to your July 23, 1984, letter concerning your DURAGUARD eye protector containing yellow polycarbonate material, identical in all respects (except transmittance) to your DURAGUARD eye protector containing clear polycarbonate material.

On the basis of the information presently available to us, OSHA has determined that your product does provide protection equivalent to that provided by eye protection which meets all the requirements of ANSI Z87.1-1968. Therefore, OSHA would consider employers using this product to be in compliance with [29 CFR 1910.133(b)(2)] and such employers would not be cited, if this equipment were being used and maintained properly.

OSHA deems your yellow DURAGUARD eye protector acceptable for the purpose indicated; i.e., to wear in uncomfortably hazy, smoky or dusty environments. We request that you provide a label with your product describing that the yellow lenses are not to be used for welding and similar activities where specific shade numbered lenses are required.

If we may be of further assistance, please contact us.


John B. Miles, Jr., Director
Directorate of Field Operations

[Corrected 05/28/2004]