The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to ensure that all workers are wearing the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) to operate safely on the construction site. The hazards of the construction site pose a significant threat to workers’ eyes and face if they don’t closely follow the guidelines established by OSHA.

In part one of this four-part guide, our talented team of OSHA lawyers will explore some preliminary rules governing eye and face protection, as well as some of the inherent dangers commonly found on the construction site. If your team needs to be refreshed on the nuances of OSHA compliance, a Florida OSHA lawyer from Cotney Construction Law can help you raise the standard for safety on your site.

The Misconception About Prescription Lenses

Many workers incorrectly assume that if they wear prescription corrective lenses their eyes are safe from harm. Prescription corrective lenses aren’t designed with a focus on safety, they are designed to look fashionable and improve vision. As a result, they are incapable of protecting your face and eyes from most occupational hazards.

Employees with corrective lenses must either wear eye protection that covers their glasses or incorporate the prescription lens into the design of an OSHA-compliant accessory. If protective eyewear disrupts or limits an employee’s vision, it must be exchanged with another accessory that protects the user’s eyes while allowing them to see clearly. For those who wear contact lenses, additional eye or face protection must be utilized when working in hazardous conditions.

Potential Eye or Face Injuries

OSHA suggests that nearly all trade professions related to the construction industry utilize some form of PPE to protect the eyes and face from harm. Some of these professions include:

  • Carpenters
  • Electricians
  • Machinists
  • Mechanics
  • Tinsmiths
  • Assemblers
  • Sanders
  • Sawyers
  • Welders
  • Laborers

If your project requires the services of employees in other job categories that bare no semblance to those listed, but you can’t decide whether or not they require eye and face PPE, perform a hazard assessment to see if any of these potential hazards are present on your project site:

  • Dust, dirt, metal, or wood chips produced from chipping, grinding, sawing, and hammering.
  • Corrosive substances, hot liquids, solvents, or other hazardous solutions that could potentially splash into an employee’s face while working.
  • Overhead swinging objects like tree limbs, chains, tools, or ropes.
  • Radiant energy from welding that produces harmful rays, heat, glare, sparks, and flying particles.

Keeping up with OSHA’s dense compliance regulations can be challenging without a talented Florida OSHA lawyer on your side to keep your team up to date with all of the newest OSHA standards. In part two, three, and four of this four-part series, we will examine different types of protective eyewear.

If you would like to speak with a Florida OSHA defense lawyer, please contact us today.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.