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Eye Safety Law: An act requiring all students, Instructors and Visitor's to wear eye protective devices while participating in or directly observing certain career and technical education, physics and chemistry laboratory activities and to authorize and provide for the purchase of such devices.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Minnesota 121A.32 EYE PROTECTIVE DEVICES

Subdivision 1. Requirement to wear eye protective devices

Every person shall wear industrial quality eye protective devices when participating in, observing or performing any function in connection with any courses or activities taking place in eye protection areas, as defined in subdivision 3, of any school, college, university or other educational institution in the state.

Subdivision 2. Penalty for failure to wear eye protective devices

Any student failing to comply with such requirements may be temporarily suspended from participation in said course and the registration of a student for such course may be canceled for willful, flagrant or repeated failure to observe the above requirements.

Subdivision 3. Eye protection areas

Eye protection areas shall include, but not to be limited to, career and technical education classrooms/labs, science or other school laboratories, or school or institutional facilities in which activities are taking place (on or off campus) and materials related to their academic programs that are being used involving:

  1. hot molten metals
  2. milling, sawing, turning, shaping, cutting, grinding or stamping of any solid materials
  3. heat treatment, tempering or kiln firing of any metal or other materials
  4. brazing or soldering
  5. repair or servicing of any vehicle or mechanical equipment
  6. any other activity or operation involving work in any area that is potentially hazardous to the eye
  7. bodily fluids

Subdivision 4. Protective-corrective lenses - Students desiring protective-corrective lenses instead of the protective devices supplied by the educational institution shall pay for, procure, keep and use industrial quality eye protective devices.

Subdivision 5. Industrial quality eye protective devices defined - "Industrial quality eye protective devices," as used in this section, shall mean devices meeting the standards of the American National Standard Institute, currently identified as Z87.1-1968.

Date of last revision: March 23, 2018