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.
July 8, 1987
Dr. Curt Lemesch
Medical Labour Inspector
Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
Post Office Box 915
Jerusalem - 91008 Israel
Dear Dr. Lemesch:
Thank you for your letter of June 24, requesting comments on the NGB Safety Alert regarding a safety hazard related to the use of contact lenses.
Attached for you information are press releases form the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Food and Drug Administration, the American Optometric Association, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology on the two cases of "blindness" referenced in your letter. As you can see, all of these press releases, dispel the rumors which have circulated about contact lenses. Therefore, it is our opinion that the incidents described in the Safety Alert attached to your letter are not accurate.
If you need further assistance regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Edward J. Baier
Directorate of Technical Support