MSA Releases FAQ on New ANSI/ISEA Z87.1 Standard Update

A white paper covering frequently asked questions about the new ANSI/ISEA Z87.1 standard for occupational and educational personal face and eye protection is now available from MSA. The FAQ covers issues such as why the standard has been changed, along with what those significant changes are and how they will affect users and employers, plus an explanation of MSA's product compliance.

As the FAQ notes, Z87.1-2010 sets forth criteria related to the general requirements, testing, permanent marking, selection, care, and use of protectors to minimize the occurrence and severity of -- or prevent -- injuries from such hazards as impact, non-ionizing radiation, and chemical exposures in occupational and educational environments including, but not limited to, machinery operations, material welding and cutting, chemical handling, and assembly operations.

The white paper calls the new standard "radically different" from the previous standard and says because its rules for product markings have changed, users will need to be educated on matching the hazard from which they need protection with the new marking on the product.

Among the significant changes noted in the FAQ are new rules affecting extended side protection, high-impact testing requirements, and additional product testing for dust and mist/chemical splash goggles and visors.

To view the white paper, click here.

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