EN ISO 16321-1:2022

Eye and face protection for occupational use - Part 1: General requirements (ISO 16321-1:2021)

Publication date:   Sep 20, 2022

General information

60.60 Standard published   Apr 27, 2022


CEN/TC 85 Eye protective equipment

European Norm

13.340.20   Head protective equipment



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This document specifies general requirements for eye and face protectors. These protectors are intended to provide protection for the eyes and faces of persons against one or more common occupational hazards such as impacts from flying particles and fragments, optical radiation, dusts, splashing liquids, molten metals, heat, flame, hot solids, harmful gases, vapours and aerosols.
Additional requirements for eye and face protectors used during welding and related techniques and for mesh protectors are given in ISO 16321-2 and ISO 16321-3, respectively.
This document applies to:
— all plano as well as corrective and prescription lensed protectors and components;
— those eye and face protectors used for occupational-type tasks that are performed similarly to an occupation, e.g. "do-it-yourself";
— those eye and face protectors used in educational establishments.
This document does not apply to:
— protectors specifically intended for protection against only solar radiation and used in non- occupational environments for which the ISO 12312 series applies;
— protectors for medically prescribed applications (not occupational), e.g. eye protection for severe dry eye, tints prescribed for medical conditions;
— patient eye protectors during diagnosis or treatment (e.g. ISO/TR 22463);
— protectors for use during medical or e.g. aesthetic applications, e.g. intense light sources (ILS) for which the ISO 12609 series applies;
— protectors specifically intended for sports for which the ISO 18527 series applies;
— laser protectors;
— face protectors intended for live-working to protect against short-circuit electric arcs for which IEC 62819 applies;
— protectors intended to protect against ionizing radiation, e.g. X-rays, for which IEC 61331-3 applies.

Related legislation

Legislation related to this standard


Regulation (EU) 2016/425 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2016 on personal protective equipment and repealing Council Directive 89/686/EEC

Life cycle


EN 172:1994

EN 166:2001

EN 169:2002

EN 170:2002

EN 171:2002

EN 172:1994/A1:2000

EN 172:1994/A2:2001

EN 379:2003+A1:2009


EN ISO 16321-1:2022
60.60 Standard published
Apr 27, 2022


Amended by
EN ISO 16321-1:2022/prA1