Face Protection

OSHA standards require employers to ensure that employees use appropriate face protection when exposed to face hazards from flying particles, molten metal, liquid chemicals, acids or caustic liquids, chemical gases or vapors, or potentially injurious light radiation. The employer must assess the workplace and determine if hazards that necessitate the use of face protection are present or are likely to be present. The assessment should determine the risk of exposure to face hazards, including those which may be encountered in an emergency. Employers should also be aware of the possibility of multiple and simultaneous hazard exposures and be prepared to protect against the highest level of each hazard.

The following tasks could expose workers to an impact hazard from flying objects such as large chips, fragments, particles, sand, and dirt:

  • Chipping
  • Grinding
  • Machining
  • Masonry work
  • Wood working

The following tasks are examples of activities exposing workers to a face heat hazard:

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