As of June 3rd, 2019 WorkSafeBC, will be amending their existing Regulation 8.15
(Prescription Safety Eyewear must meet the requirements of CSA Standard CAN/ CSA Z94.3-1992, Industrial Eye and Face Protectors)
The new amendment for Part 8: Eye and Face Protection in the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation will be:
Eye Protection 8.14
(1) In this section and sections 8.15 to 8.17, “eye protection” means personal protective equipment for eyes.
(2) A worker must wear eye protection if the worker is in an area of the workplace where one or more hazards involving the eye exist or are created, due to conditions or activities conducted in the area.
(3) Eye protection that is required to be worn under subsection (2), or under any other provision of this regulation, must meet all the following requirements.
- The eyewear must fit properly
- The eye protection must provide the worker with appropriate protection from eye hazards referred to in subsection (2)
- The eye protection must meet the requirements set out in one of the following standards:
(i) CSA Standard CAN/CSA Z94.3-2007 or Z94.3-2015, Eye and Face Protectors
(ii) ANSI Standard ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2015, Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protection Devices.
(4) To determine whether eye protection provides a worker with appropriate protection from the eye hazards referred to in subsection (2), all factors relevant to the nature and extent of each of these eye hazards must be considered, including, without limitation, the following.
- The form of the hazard
- The manner in which the hazard may be transmitted
- The injury or occupational disease that could occur as a result of the hazard
This will result in some optical products no longer be compliant.
For further information regarding prescription safety eyewear compliance, please contact eyesafe at firstname.lastname@example.org