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Appropriate eye protection shall be worn in the laboratory at all times. Eye and face protection must comply with the American National Standards Institute, ANSI Z87.1-1989 standard and provide adequate protection against the particular hazards for which they are designed. Examples of typical eye protection devices available include:

Impact Glasses must be worn at all times when you are in the laboratory (unless a higher degree of protection is required). Impact Glasses offer adequate protection against flying objects, large chips, particles of sand, dirt, etc. Impact Glasses offer very limited protection when working with hazardous liquids or potentially dangerous light radiation.

Splash Goggles must be worn when working with any quantity of hazardous liquids such as solvents, degreasers, poisons, carcinogens, acids, or bases. Any material that has the chance to splash into the users eye must not be handled without appropriate splash goggles.

Face Shields must be worn when there is a higher degree of hazard from chemical splash or when handling large quantities of chemicals. Face shields are required when handling pathogenic blood or handling primates. Face shields do not offer adequate eye protection and must only be worn in addition to splash goggles.

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Office of Environmental Health & Safety
Providence, RI 02912 Box 1914
Last Updated on 04/06/2006