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an ever-evolving standard that is updated as new concepts and
science-based information comes forward. OSHA currently has
adopted three versions of ANSI Z87.1 as compliant with regulatory
requirements for standards in eye protection: Z87.1-2003, Z87.1-
1989 (R-1998), and Z87.1-2010. In 2015, Z87.1-2015 was adopted.
Z87.1-2015 was required to be implemented by November 25,
2016. It is clearly defined by performance approach and organizes
the topics by the hazards encountered. These are the new items
in the requirements from 2015:
• Look for the mark! The stamp Z87 should be on eye
protection that is ANSI-approved. This eye protection will
not only protect from splash and spatter because of its
design, but it is impact-resistant or has the coating to
prevent exposure to specifics such as laser beam (note that
this eye protection must state that it is designed for that
• Prescription lenses: Magnifiers and readers are incorporated into the standard now, but must meet the same requirements or protective goggles must be worn over them, made
by the same manufacturer of the same material and coating.
• Lens and frame marking: The impact-rated requirements
include having the manufacturer’s logo as well as “+.” ANSI
Z87.1-2015 requires that frames used for a general-purpose
protector are marked as Z87- 2. Frames used for an impact-rated protector are marked with Z87-2 + (the lenses
would also have a + symbol). Detachable side shields are
both marked with Z87+. Additionally, if the side shield is
permanent, it does not need to be marked.
• Thickness: There is no maximum thickness any longer. A
minimum of 2.0 mm thickness is required, with no
Resource: Eye protection must be selected according to the
task you are undertaking. The International Safety Equipment
Association has a wonderful guide for choosing and using eye
protection available at safetyequipment.org.
Jenn’s story has unfolded as one of the paramount lessons in
best practices. In choosing eye protection for the patient, best
practices require the same standards as for the health-care provider.
The patient is exposed to the same risks. RDH
1. Kelsch N. Jenn’s vision: A true lesson in best practices. DentistryIQ.
best-practices.html. Published August 1, 2014. Accessed May 21, 2017.
2. Infection control: Frequently asked questions—Personal protective
equipment (masks, protective eyewear, protective apparel, gloves). Division
of Oral Health. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health
Promotion. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.
gov/oralhealth/infectioncontrol/faq/ protective_equipment.htm. Updated July
10, 2013. Accessed May 21, 2017.
3. Eye safety: Eye safety tool box talk—instructor’s guide. National Institute
for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division.
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/eye/toolbox-eye.html.
Reviewed July 29, 2013. Accessed May 21, 2017.