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Construction Depot

Safety and health newsletter for the Oregon construction industry

August 17, 2015

Sport glasses

Construction Q&A: Can I wear “sports eyewear” for eye protection?

Q. I have heard that only ANSI-rated eyewear can be used for eye protection in construction work and that “sports eyewear” is not permitted. Is this true?

A. Yes. Oregon OSHA’s construction industry PPE rule is 437-003-0134 (Subdivision 3/E); paragraph 437-003-0134(8) covers eye and face protection. This paragraph says that eye and face protection must comply with ANSI Z87.1 requirements or be as effective as the ANSI Z87.1 requirements. Protective sports eyewear does not meet those requirements.

The American Society for Testing and Materials publishes protective standards for sports eyewear. ASTM F803 is the standard for protective sports eyewear.



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