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Eye and Face Protection
In a previous post, a New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney discussed Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations concerning the proper training and use of personal protective equipment such as eye and face protection. Employers who do not adhere to these guidelines may be subject to OSHA penalties and be liable for workers’ compensation judgments if any employees are injured in the workplace. Here are some more guidelines regarding eye and face protection:
Employers should be prepared for the possibility of eye injuries. Emergency eyewashes should be placed in all hazardous areas, and first-aid instructions should be clearly and visibly posted near potential areas of danger. Employees must be able to locate eyewash stations, even with limited vision.
Eye and face protection equipment must adhere to certain national standards, but at a minimum, the equipment must provide adequate protection, be reasonably comfortable, fit snugly and not hinder the movements of the wearer, be able to be disinfected and cleaned, and be clearly marked to identify the manufacturer of the equipment.
Employees must know how to properly care for and maintain the personal protective equipment. This means that they must be maintained in a sanitary condition and kept free of structural or optical defects. Pitted or deeply scratched lenses are unsafe and prone to breaking and should be avoided. Employees who use protective equipment for extended periods of time should know how to clean and disinfect it regularly and disinfect a given piece before issuing it to another employee.
If you have further questions about eye protection in your workplace, contact experienced New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney Dan T. Matrafajlo for a free initial consultation.