The Z87 Accredited Standards Committee, with ISEA serving as Secretariat, invites public comments in response to its proposed new standard ISEA Z87.62, Occupational and Educational Eye and Face Protection Devices for Preventing Exposures Caused by Sprays or Spurts of Blood or Body Fluids.

Each day, millions of workers in healthcare settings, clinical research and testing facilities, veterinary services and first responder environments are exposed to potentially infectious bodily fluids such as blood and saliva.  Occupational health and safety regulations require employers to protect employees from bloodborne pathogens, but do not provide specific performance criteria. 

To address this gap, ISEA Z87.62  represents the first industry effort to standardize criteria related to the general requirements, testing, permanent marking(s), selection, care and use of protectors to minimize or prevent exposure to the wearer’s eyes and/or face (mucocutaneous exposures, nose and mouth) caused by spray or spurt of blood, body fluids and/or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM).

The public review period will be open March 26 – May 10, 2021.

A copy of the draft standard under consideration is available from ISEA’s webstore.  here is a $50 charge for the document.  Any comments or questions should be directed, in writing, to Cristine Fargo, ISEA Vice President, Operations and Technical Services,