OSHA updates eye and face protection standards in final rule

Joan Fletcher Iowa Employment & Labor Law Dickinson Law Des Moines Iowa

Posted on 04/06/2016 at 12:00 AM by Joan Fletcher

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently published a final rule updating the references in OSHA’s eye and face protection standards to reflect the most recent edition of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) / International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) eye and face protection standard.  The new rule will allow employers to continue to follow the existing ANSI standards referenced,   or allow employers to follow the latest version of the same ANSI / ISEA standard.

The rule has no associated compliance or economic burden on employers.  Employers are not required to update or replace protection devices solely as a result of the new rule, and may continue to follow their current and usual practices for eye and face protection. The new rule becomes effective on April 25, 2016.

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