What we (and federal OSHA) use for enforcement purposes is A NSI Z87.1 Practice for Occupational and Educational Eye and Face Protection. Th is will provide you with the guidance you are looking for. p>
- Diane Amell, MNOSHA
I would like to receive comments, information about cu rrent practices, and legal implications regarding eye protection in industrial analytical/RD laboratories. Obviously, OSHA 1910.133(a)(1) applies but no direction is given. Safety, comfort, and compliance are paramount. The lab personnel are trained chemists and would handle many different chemicals including both concentrated and dilute acids, bases, and other materials co mmon to analytical techniques. The acids would include hydrofluoric and perchlor ic. No pyrophoric or extremely toxic materials like methyl mercury are involved . Bench top and hood operations are to be considered.
There are many combination of PPE but I think the foll owing 4 include the important possibilities: (1) safety glasses with side shields , (2) safety glasses with side shields and full face protection, (3) fitted goggles with indirect vents, and (4) fitted goggles without vents.
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