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Category Name: Administration and Operations
Responsible Unit: Environmental Health & Safety
Responsible VP: VP for Administration and Finance
Adoption Date: Unavailable
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Shared governance: none

Policy Statement

Section 141.10, Part 141 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, amended by the Board of Regents February 1971, provides for conformity to revised standards of eye safety devices in educational institutions within New York State. Article 409 a. of the State Education Law requires that in certain specified locations and situations

"The...person in charge of every...educational institution within the State...shall arrange for and require...that every student and teacher...wear eye safety devices.

All applicable State Occupational Safety and Health regulations pertaining to eye safety and protection shall be observed. Nothing in this policy shall be construed as replacing or superseding pertinent Occupational Safety and Health regulations.




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Policy Procedures

Eye safety devices shall be worn in instructional or experimental programs involving:

  1. Hot solids, liquids, or molten metals.
  2. Milling, sawing, turning, shaping, cutting, or stamping of any solid materials.
  3. Heat treatment, tempering, or kiln firing of any metal or other materials.
  4. Gas or electric arc welding.
  5. Repair or servicing of any vehicle.
  6. Caustic (to include any chemical material capable of causing corrosion, erosion, or irreversible tissue damage and alteration, regardless of the chemical classification of that material) or explosive chemicals or materials.

This policy includes the requirement to use eye safety devices in any and all circumstances in which there is a possibility or expectation that a foreign object or material may injuriously enter the eye or that portion of the skull which surrounds the eye, i.e., the orbital cavity. This shall be understood to include those situations in which an object or material may in itself be regarded as reasonably harmless, but the conditions of use may lead to injury. (Thus, water from an appropriately constructed eyewash fountain may be regarded as a harmless material, but when water is used under conditions of high-pressure cleaning operations or when it is directed from a pressurized fire hose, water may be considered to be potentially injurious.) Therefore, eye protection devices shall be required at all times and in all places:

  1. In which chemical substances are used in instruction or in employment.
  2. In which the materials and/or the materials and activities specified in the State Education Law are employed or practiced.
  3. Whenever there is the potential for chemical to splash, chemically-resistant goggles shall be worn.

Eye protection devices will also be required whenever potentially injurious procedures or materials are pursued or used in:

  1. Scientific laboratories, storage rooms, and dispensing facilities.
  2. Studios, workshops, and laboratories used for art, crafts, manufacture, hobby activity, etc.
  3. Physical education and recreation facilities and activities involving equipment small enough to enter the eye or the orbital structure, e.g., handball, racquetball, etc.
  4. Shops and offices of the College in which printing, photographic processing, welding, or grinding, sawing, and other production, construction, repair, and maintenance activities are conducted.
  5. Operations in which visible or invisible light radiation, potentially injurious to the eye, is produced such as in glass working, ultraviolet radiation, laser beam operation, etc.

The provision of this policy apply to: all full-time and part-time faculty and non-academic employees of the College; all full- and part-time students; all users of College instructional and recreational facilities regardless of employment or enrollment status; and all visitors to places in the College where eye safety devices are required.

Standards for eye protection equipment shall conform to the most recent revision of American National Standards Institute standard Z87.1.

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History (in descending order)

Item Date Explanation
Next Review Date December 1, 2107 Three year review
Adoption Date Unavailable Policy Adopted


Last Updated 10/27/20

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