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FAQ - Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - 2016
 FAQ - Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - 2016



I teach infection control and love the resources that you all provide. One of the recommendations from your site states that protection eyewear used should meet ANSI standards.  I am wondering if there is a list of eyewear that meet these standards.  I am having trouble finding that information on products.  The other problem I have is that the safety glasses we have used in the past is damaged by the surface disinfectants we use.  We changed to goggles to try to help with this problem.  However, they are flimsy, break easily, and fog up.  I don't know what the ANSI standards state but am under the impression that they address impact resistance.  I can't imagine that the goggles would be approved.  We have a number of different types of students. Trying to find a pair of safety goggles that fit over prescription eyewear and fit different sized faces with ability to be disinfected and meet ANSI standards has been difficult.  Do you have a recommendation?

As a matter of policy, Ask OSAP does not recommend specific products. Generally, it is usually recommended to attend vendor trade shows and discuss products with vendors in order to help you make such decisions. There will be a vendor section at the upcoming OSAP Boot Camp Meeting in January 2017. Additionally, such a product should always be used and maintained according to the manufacturer’s instructions for use. The manufacturer can best advise you about use and maintenance of their product. Ask OSAP can provide you with some general information on this topic.

Every employer should conduct a workplace hazard assessment. Once hazards are identified, then the employer should take measures to address the hazard.

Regarding safety eyewear and pertaining to OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens standard, OSHA states:

When splashes, sprays, splatters, or droplets of blood or OPIM pose a hazard to the eyes, nose or mouth, then masks in conjunction with eye protection (such as goggles or glasses with solid side shields) or chin-length face shields must be worn. 1

The CDC states:

When should protective eyewear be worn? 

Dental health care personnel should wear protective eyewear with solid side shields or a face shield during procedures likely to generate splashes or sprays of blood or body fluids or the spatter of debris. Reusable protective eyewear should be cleaned with soap and water, and when visibly soiled, disinfected between patients. 2

You may also find some useful information in an Internet search such as the following: 


1)     US Department of Labor – Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Reduces Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens    Accessed on October 18, 2016.

2)     US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Personal Protective Equipment.    Accessed on October 18, 2016.

3) Search using the terms “Articles, Safety Eyewear, Dentistry”    Accessed on October 18, 2016.






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