A. Eye Protection Devices

1. The following types of eye protective devices must be worn by all pupils, staff members, and visitors (including persons attending evening adult school programs) participating in the activity or process designated wherever it may occur on school premises:
Potential Eye Hazard Protective Devices
Caustic or explosive Goggle, flexible fitting materials, hooded ventilation; add plastic window face shield for severe exposure
Dust producing operations Goggle, flexible fitting hooded ventilation
Electric arc welding Welding helmet in combination with spectacles with eye cup or semi- or flat-fold side shields
Oxy-acetylene welding Welding goggle, eye cup type with tinted lenses; welding goggle, cover spec type with tinted lenses or tinted plate lens
Hot liquids and gases Goggle, flexible fitting hood ventilation; add plastic window face shield for severe exposure
Hot solids Clear or tinted goggles or spectacles with side shields
Molten materials Clear or tinted goggles and plastic or mesh window face shield
Heat treatment or tempering Clear or tinted goggles or clear or tinted spectacles with side shields
Glare operations Tinted goggles; tinted spectacles with side shields or welding goggles, eye cup or coverage type with tinted lenses or plate lens
Shaping solid material Clear goggles, flexible or rigid body; clear spectacles with side shields; add plastic window face shield for severe exposure
Laser device operation or experimentation Appropriate for specific hazard
Repair or servicing of vehicles Clear goggles, flexible or rigid body; clear spectacles with side shields
Other potentially hazardous processes or activities Appropriate for specific hazard

2. The supplier of any eye protective device to this district shall certify in writing that the device meets or exceeds ANSI standards. All spectacle type eye protective devices shall have side shields of the eye cup, semi-, or flat-fold type.

3. Staff members shall regularly and frequently inspect the eye protective devices used in their classes and shall report to the Principal devices that are defective or poorly fitting. All eye protective devices shall be identified with the name(s) of the user(s) and shall be properly stored when not in use.

4. An eye protective device that is disinfected between uses by a method local school medical inspector.

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5. The use of contact lenses shall be restricted in learning environments which entail exposure to chemical fumes, vapors or splashes, intense heat, molten metals, or highly particulate atmospheres. Staff members in these learning environments shall identify the pupils in his/her class who wear contact lenses. A list of such pupils shall be kept by the staff member in order that appropriate emergency eye care may be given; the list shall be destroyed at the end of the course of study.

When permitted, contact lenses may be worn only in conjunction with appropriate eye protective devices. The contact lens wearer shall be identified for appropriate emergency eye care in hazardous learning environments.

6. A pupil who wears prescription glasses shall be provided with an appropriate eye protective device that fits over his/her glasses. A pupil or staff member may wear his/her personal corrective eye wear in the course of an activity hazardous to the eyes provided that the eye wear has been certified in writing by a licensed optician to meet or exceed ANSI standards as defined in N.J.A.C. 6:29-l.7 (b) l and 2 for the appropriate eye protective device required.

7. The responsible staff member will provide each visitor to an area in which an activity hazardous to eyes is conducted with an appropriate eye protective device.

B. Eye Wash Fountains

1. Eye wash fountains or similar devices, capable of a minimum of fifteen minutes of continuous flow of eye wash solution shall be provided in accordance with Policy No. 7432 and the standards of the State Department of Education and N.J.A.C. 6:29-1.7(d).

2. Eye wash fountains shall be routinely checked by the responsible staff member and any fountain that does not operate properly shall be promptly reported to the Principal.

C. Enforcement

1. Staff members shall not permit pupils to engage in an activity potentially hazardous to the eyes without appropriate eye protection and shall dismiss from the class period a pupil who refuses or persistently neglects to wear eye protection or to observe established eye protection practices. Any such dismissed pupil shall be reported absent for the class.

2. Staff members shall report to the Building Principal a visitor who refuses or persistently neglects to wear eye protection or observe established eye protection practices.

3. The Principal shall annually inspect the school premises for the existence of conditions potentially hazardous to the eyes, for the placement of signs requiring appropriate eye protective devices, and for an adequate supply of appropriate eye protective devices in satisfactory condition. Conditions potentially hazardous to the eyes include, in addition to the activities listed in A1 above, the likelihood of flying objects and spilled liquids and the presence of protruding and sharp objects.

D. Training and Supplies

The school district shall provide annual training and appropriate supplies and equipment to all school personnel responsible for implementing the eye safety policies and program. The training shall include all aspects of eye protection as defined in this regulation.

Issued: 21 April 2005