Worker Protections

Eye & Face Protection

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Eye and Face Protection

Eye & Face Protection Buyers Guide

Eye & Face Protection Worker Protections

Workers in almost every industry are subject to hazards that can cause temporary or permanent eye and face injury. NIOSH estimates that there are about 2,000 eye injuries each day in American workplaces requiring medical treatment.

Eye and face protection PPE, such as safety glasses, goggles, and face shields give workers the protection they need against hazards such as flying objects, dirt, sparks, and more.

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Annual cost of occupational eye injuries


Global occupational eye injuries occurring each year


Occupational eye injuries preventable by proper PPE

Federal Standard & Regulation

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 1910.133(b)(2) eye protection standard states that OSHA will accept eye and face protective devices that the employer demonstrates are at least as effective as devices that are constructed in accordance with ANSI/ISEA Z87.1, the American National Standard for eye and face protection.

American National Standards

ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2020 prescribes the design, performance specifications, and marking of safety eye and face products. It was developed by the Z87 Committee on Safety Standards for Eye Protection, which is administered by ISEA.  

ANSI/ISEA Z87.62-2021 sets forth 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). 

Which type of eye and face protection is right for you?

Appropriate eye and face protection can take many forms. Safety glasses, goggles, helmets, and face shields can protect employees from the hazards of flying fragments, large chips, hot sparks, and splashes, as well as objects, particles, sand, dirt, mists, dusts, and glare. 
It is important that workers and supervisors understand the type of protector needed based on the hazards present.

Consult our Eye and Face Protection Selection Guide

Additional Resources

ISEA is also represented on thefollowing standards committee and panels:

  • ANSI Z49 – Safety in Welding and Cutting
  • ANSI Z10 – Committee on Occupational Health and Safety Systems
  • ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel
  • ASTM E54 – Committee on Homeland Security Applications
  • CSA Z94.3 – Technical Committee on Eye Protection
  • US Technical Advisory Group to ISO TC94 – Technical Committee for Personnel Safety, SC 6 Eye and Face Protection

Eye & Face Protection Product Group Members

Members of the ISEA Eye & Face Protection Product Group can login to their Portal page here.

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