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Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

"Construction, eye and face protection"


This regulation states the general requirements for eye and face protection for construction employees and employers. Employees shall be provided with eye and face protection equipment when machines or operations present potential eye or face injury from physical, chemical, or radiation agents. Please note that there are 28 OSHA-approved occupational safety and health State Plans. State Plans are required to have standards and enforcement programs that are at least as effective as federal OSHA’s and may have different or more stringent standards related to PPE. More information about State Plans and their standards is available at:

Standard Type(s)

Anything specified as a requirement in a CFR

Personal Protective Equipment
Eye and Face Protection

All equipment and/or accessories (whether or not detachable) designed and manufactured specifically to protect the eyes and/or the entire face (not including the top of the head). Exposure to the eye or face hazards from flying particles, molten metal, liquid chemicals, acids, or caustic liquids, chemical gasses, or vapors, potentially infected material or potentially harmful light radiation.

  • Eye-protectors
  • Face masks
Not Identified

  • Spectacles, faceshields, goggles, welding helmets
  • Radiation
  • Chemical
  • Physical
SOC Codes
11-0000 Management Occupations
  • 11-9000 Other Management Occupations
    • 11-9020 Construction Managers
47-0000 Construction and Extraction Occupations
  • 47-2000 Construction Trades Workers
    • 47-2060 Construction Laborers
    • 47-2061 Diggers, Construction Trench
Standard References
Incorporated by Reference

ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2020 - American National Standard for Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protection Devices


Protective eye and face protection devices must comply with any of the following consensus standards:

ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2010, Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protection Devices, incorporated by reference in § 1926.6;

ANSI Z87.1-2003, Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protection Devices, incorporated by reference in § 1926.6; or

ANSI Z87.1-1989 (R-1998), Practice for Occupational and Educational Eye and Face Protection, incorporated by reference in § 1926.6


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