It is important to establish a culture of safety in compliance on your project sites. Creating accountability and fostering self-interest in personal safety can help you avoid a long, expensive legal dispute. When an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspector visits your project site, you want to be certain that all of your employees are wearing the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE).
At Cotney Construction Law, our OSHA attorneys are dedicated to helping your team stay OSHA compliant through preventative counsel and aggressive representation. If you are issued a citation, our team can help you file a Notice of Intent to Contest to show that you are not backing down, but the best defense is established long before a dispute through education and training. In part one of this four-part series, we explored common misconceptions about prescription lenses and the risk of facial injury. In part two, we will examine the process of selecting PPE.
Selecting Suitable Eye and Face Protection for Employees
It is important to consider the specific needs of your employees when selecting eye and face protection. There are numerous options when shopping for face and eye PPE, but when looking to protect your employees in compliance with OSHA standards, it is important to consider these factors:
- The PPE’s ability to protect against the specific workplace hazards faced by your employees.
- The PPE should be comfortable to wear and fit properly. It should ably protect employees of all sizes.
- The PPE should not hinder vision or movement.
- The PPE should be durable and easy to clean.
- The PPE should operate capably without restricting the use of any additional PPE.
Other Important Considerations Regarding PPE
Keeping your team safe might seem like enough to constitute total compliance with OSHA standards, but unfortunately, this is not always true. There are many other considerations to take into account when determining which PPE is right for your team. Consider the following before purchasing eye and face PPE for your team:
- Eye and face PPE must comply with ANSI Z87.1-1989 or be of comparable effectiveness as dictated by the standards herein.
- Similarly, any equipment purchased before the implementation of this requirement on July 5, 1994, must observe the standards established by ANSI Z87.1-1968 or be shown to be equally effective.
- Employers may allocate PPE based on position rather than issuing individual PPE for each employee. In this case, the employer is responsible for ensuring that all employees disinfect shared PPE after each use.
- Employees cannot share PPE that incorporates prescription corrective lenses.
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.