The plastic (and polycarbonate, which is another plastic everywhere but in the glasses lens business) lenses would probably pass the impact lens test. But not the glasses-in-frame test. The safety frames have a large ramp on the back side to restrain the lens from getting knocked out of the frame and backward into the eye. Moreover, the OSHA industrial requirement has morphed -- on very shaky legal ground -- to virtually require sideshield. The employer is definitely not in compliance with OSHA standards in using non-ANSI frames and/or lenses where safety glasses are warranted.
The impact resistance of plastic lenses is a nice feature, though -- and may even make up for the poorer optical quality compared with glass.
C Herb Hickman
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>Subject: [SAFETY] EHS in nonprofits
>I'm working to develop a safety program for a non-profit (I do small project construction / electrical safety as part of my day job, and am a long time reader of the list ) Two questions have come up that I'd like some input on.
>1. In reading some documents from other organizations I've come across a comment "that most prescription glasses sold in the US meet the impact specification for safety glasses" -and in the context if you wore prescription you didn't need safety glasses? Thoughts / do you alow that at your facility ?
>2. That the requirement in a business for MSDS's is in environmental law in addition to OSHA. if so could some one give me a citation ?
>The non profit currently has no employees but I'm trying to use OSHA as a "reasonable standard" we work on Steam locomotives and historic rail equipment so some of the work is heavy industrial.
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