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OSHA Regulations Regarding Eye and Face Protection
Employers who don’t follow the guidelines of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for employee protection may be liable for severe penalties and subject to workers’ compensation lawsuits. Workers in hazardous environments are required to wear appropriate eye and face protection wherever necessary. If you think your employer is imposing unsafe working conditions on your workplace, a New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney may be able to advise you. These are some of the things employers should be doing to encourage workplace safety:
OSHA regulations require employers to ensure that all applicable employees use appropriate eye or face protection when exposed to hazards from flying particles, liquid chemicals, and caustic liquids such as acids, chemical gases or vapors, and light radiation. They are also required to provide training for each employee as to when personal protective equipment is necessary, how to properly put it on and adjust it, what its limitations are, and how to properly care for, maintain, and dispose of the equipment. This training must be conducted by a knowledgeable person and presented in an understandable manner.
Each applicable employee should be required to demonstrate that they properly understand the training before performing work where PPE is required. Employers should also be on the lookout for employees who might have forgotten or misunderstood the training, and make sure to retrain them on proper procedures. This also includes circumstances where workplace changes or changes in the type of PPE to be used have modified the appropriate procedures.
If you have further questions about the regulations concerning eye safety in the workplace, contact dedicated New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney Dan T. Matrafajlo for a free initial consultation.