Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Eye and Face Protection

Eye and face protection is arguable the most important protective measure one can take in the lab. Eye or face protection must be worn when hazards to the eye or face are present. These hazards include but are not limited to:

  • Flying particles
  • Molten metal
  • Liquid chemicals
  • Acids or Caustic liquids
  • Light radiation
  • Chemical gases or vapors

Only protective eye gear that complies with ANSI/ISEA  Z87.1-2010 should be worn. Gear that complies with ANSI  Z87.1-2010 will have “Z87.1” or “Z94.3” stamped on the equipment.

Non-prescription gear that complies with ANSI Z87.1-2010 will

  1. have the manufacturers mark “US” or “PI” and have “Z87” stamped on the frame   
  2. have a “+” on the frame if it meets the High-Impact requirements

Prescription safety glasses meeting ANSI Z87.1-2010 will

  1. bear the manufacturer's mark "US" on the lens
  2. also bear the "+" mark on the lens if it meets the High-Impact requirements
  3. bear the "Z87-2" mark on the temple and bridge of the frame if the frames meet the lens retention requirements for 2mm lenses

Check out OSHA’s training pages on Eye and Face Protection and other PPE



Here are some useful links for glove selection.


Chemical, Heat, Abrasion, Cutting:

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