ASSE Supports Updating OSHA National Standards for Eye and Face Protection


PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- This statement is attributable to ASSE President Patricia Ennis, CSP:

“This notice of proposed rulemaking from DOL/OSHA is sound public policy since it will update the references for eye and face protection devices used in the workplace.  We think referencing the current voluntary national consensus standard for eye and face protection will lead to safer workplaces and better enhance safety for workers.

“The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has spoken out many times on the importance of using current American National Standards (ANSI) in legislation and regulation, since they are based on good science, sound technology, and the consensus process. 

“National consensus standards, such as ANSI, reflect the overall consensus of the professionals who work at all levels of the public and private sectors in technology development, safety and health, manufacturing, training, financial analysis, personnel, academia and also reflect insight from the final end user. This balanced perspective enables the crafting of standards in a way that benefits and protects users of the standard.  The impact is safer and more healthful workplaces.”

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