Vision Conservation and Readiness

 Local VCR Program Resources, Policy and Doctrine

Last Updated: October 22, 2019
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This page contains references regarding the laws, DoD and individual Service policies and other sources of information related to Vision Conservation and Readiness.  When reviewing policy, remember that it is best to start with policy developed locally and then work up the chain of command until you find what you need to know.  This includes looking at manuals for equipment and Safety Data Sheets which may assist in determining any known requirements for specific equipment and hazardous materials such as requirements for specific types of eye protection and the need for emergency showers or eyewash stations.  Then view documents up to laws to determine what is required for you. This page lists most of the policy related to Vision Conservation and Readiness but be aware that policy is often updated so, if a hyperlink does not work, assume that it has been revised. 


The Army Public Health Center creates some documents and provides input on DoD as well as Service specific policy related to Vision Conservation and Readiness.  Those that have recently been updated will have the date of the most recent publication after the title of the document.

The following are documents that have been created by our Program.  Click on the title to link to the document to view them.

The primary sites to go for additional information include (Note that most titles are hyperlinks):

  1.  Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) External Link
  2.  American National Standards Institute (ANSI) External Link
  3. DoD Directives Division External Link
  4. Joint Chiefs of Staff Electronic Library External Link - Contains policy from the Defense Health Agency (DHA)
  5. Air Force E-Publishing - includes Air National Guard Publications
  6. Army -Army Publishing Directorate External Link
  7. MEDCOM Publications can be found at the following SharePoint site (CAC enabled): OTSG MEDCOM Publications Portal External Link
  8. Department of the Navy Issuances External Link - includes SECNAV and OPNAV Issuances
  9. National Guard Bureau Publications & Forms Library External Link
  10. DoD Public Health Resources for Public Health and Health Risk Assessment
    1. Air Force: Human Performance Wing
    2. Army: Army Public Health Center
    3. Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center External Link
  11. DoD Safety Centers
    1. Air Force Safety Center External Link
    2. U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center External Link Has specific pages for Safety and Occupational Health (Titled "Workplace) and for Toxic and Hazardous Substances.
    3. Naval Safety Center External Link

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In addition to the above, there are numerous DoD and individual service documents related to Vision Conservation and Readiness.  A sampling of these documents can be found below:

OSHA Laws and Regulations and Information Regarding PPE

  1. OSH Act of 1970 External Link
  2. Pertinent Occupational Safety and Health Standards from 29 CFR
    1. Part 1904 Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illness External Link
    2. PART 1910 General Industry External Link
    3. PARTS 1915, 1917 and 1918 Maritime External Link
    4. PART 1952 Approved State Plans External Link
    5. PART 1960 Basic Program Elements for Federal Employees External Link
  3. OSHA 3071 Job Hazard Analysis External Link
  4. Eye and Face Protection Overview External Link
  5. Eye and Face Protection eTool External Link
  6. OSHA 3151-12R Personal Protective Equipment External Link
  7. OSHA Fact Sheet on PPE External Link

ANSI - American National Standards Institute

Links are to blogs discussing the topics and to where to purchase the standards.

  1. ANSI Info on Eye Protection
  2. ANSI Z80.1-2015External Link - Ophthalmics - Prescription Ophthalmic Lenses- Recommendations
  3. ANSI Z80.3 2018 External Link - Ophthalmics - Nonprescription Sunglassand Fashion Eyewear Requirements
  4. ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2015 External Link - Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protection Devices
  5. ANSI Z136.1-2014 External Link - Safe Use of Lasers - General Overview
    1. ANSI Z136.2-2012 External Link - Safe Use Of Optical Fiber Communication Systems Utilizing Laser Diode and LED Sources
    2. ANSI Z136.3-2018 External Link - Safe Use of Lasers in Health Care
    3. ANSI Z136.4-2010 External Link - Recommended Practice For Laser Safety Measurements for Hazard Evaluation
    4. ANSI Z136.5 External Link - Safe Use of Lasers in Educational Institutions
    5. ANSI Z136.6-2015 External Link - Safe Use of Lasers Outdoors
  6. ANSI Z308.1-2015 External Link - Minimum Requirements For Workplace First Aid Kits And Supplies
  7. ANSI/ISEA Z358.1-2014 External Link - Standard for Emergency Eyewash and Shower Standard - blog

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  1. DoDD 6200.04 Force Health Protection (FHP) External Link
  2. DoDI 1400.25 DoD Civilian Personnel Management System, Chapter 810: Injury Compensation External Link
  3. DoDI 6025.19 Individual Medical Readiness External Link
  4. DoDI 6055.01 DoD Safety and Occupational Health (SOH) Program External Link
  5. DoDI 6055.05 Occupational and Environmental Health (OEH) External Link
  6. DoDI 6055.15 DoD Laser Protection Program External Link
  7. DoDI 6130.03  Medical Standards for Appointment, Enlistment, or Induction into the Military Services External Link
  8. DoDI 6490.03 Deployment Health External Link
  9. DoD 6055.05-M Occupational Medical Examinations And Surveillance Manual External Link
  10. DoD 5055.18-M Safety Standards for Microbiological and Biomedical Laborabories  External Link
Tri-Service Documents

The following are the Service links to the Ophthalmic Services regulations. 

  1. AR 40-63, External Link
  2. SECNAVINST 6810.1 External Link
  3. AFI44-117 External Link   This hyperlink takes you to an AF site which links you to go to the Army site above.

Joint Publications 

These are primarily publications from the Defense Health Agency (DHA)

Air Force Policy

Air Force E-Publishing External Link 

  1. AFPD 48.1 Aerospace & Operational Medicine Enterprise (AOME)  External Link
  2. AFI 48-101 Aerospace Medicine Enterprise External Link
  3. AFI 48-123 Medical Examinations and Standards External Link
  4. AFI 48-139 Laser and Optical Radiation Protection Program External Link
  5. AFI 48-145 Occupational and Environmental Health Program External Link
  6. AFI 48-145_ANGSUP Air National Guard Supplement to OEH Program External Link
  7. AFMAN 48-146 Occupational & Environmental Health Program Management External Link
  8. AFI 48-148 Ionizing Radiation Protection External Link
  9. AFI 48-149 Flight and Operational Medicine Program (FOMP) External Link
  10. AFI 91-204 Safety Investigation and Hazard Reporting  External Link - under revision - link to updated attachments
  11. AFI 91-401 Directed Energy Weapons Safety External Link


Army Publishing DirectorateExternal Link

  1. AR 40-5 Preventive Medicine  External Link 
  2. AR 40-501 Standards of Medical Fitness External Link - updated 27 June 2019
  3. AR 385-10 The Army Safety Program External Link
  4. AR 385.63 Range Safety External Link  Note:  Also MCO 385-63 for USMC.
  5. DA PAM 40-8 Occupational Health Guidelines for the Evaluation and Control of Occupational Exposure to Nerve Agents GA, GB, GD, and VX External Link
  6. DA PAM 40-11 Preventive Medicine External Link
  7. DA PAM 40-21 Ergonomics Program External Link
  8. DA PAM 40-173 Occupational Health Guidelines for the Evaluation and Control of Occupational Exposure to Mustard Agents H, HD, and HT External Link
  9. DA PAM 40-503 The Army Industrial Hygiene Program External Link
  10. The Army Vision Conservation and Readiness Program External Link
  11. DA PAM 385-24 The Army Radiation Safety Program External Link
  12. DA PAM 385-30 Risk Management External Link
  13. DA PAM 385-40 Army Accident Investigations and Reporting External Link
  14. DA PAM 385-61 Toxic Chemical Agent Safety Standards  External Link - updated 01 November 2018
  15. AR 385.63 Range Safety External Link  Note:  Also MCO 385-63 for USMC.
  16. DA PAM 385-64 Ammunition and Explosives Safety Standards External Link
  17. DA PAM 385-69 Safety Standards for Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories External Link

Army National Guard
National Guard Bureau Publications & Forms Library External Link
  1. NGR 40-5 The Army National Guard Preventive Medicine Program External Link
  2. NG PAM 40-11 ARNG Occupational Health Program External Link
  3. NGR 385-24 The Army National Guard Radiation Safety Program External Link
  4. NGR 385-63 Army National Guard Range Safety Program, Policy, and Standards External Link - updated 28 February 2019
  5. NG Supplement 1 to AR 385-10 The Army Safety Program External Link 

Navy Documents
Department of the Navy Issuances External Link
Navy Medicine Directives  External Link
  1. NAVMED P-117 Manual of the Medical Department External Link Note Chapter 22 and Section 22-35. Last updated 29 February 2019.
  2. BUMEDINST 5100-13F Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Safety and Occupational Health Program External Link
  3. BUMEDINST 6470.23 Medical Management of Non-Ionizing Radiation Casualties External Link
  4. OPNAVINST 5100.19E,  Navy Safety and Occupational Health (SOH)Program Manual for Forces Afloat External Link
  5. OPNAVINST 5100.23G CH-1 Navy Safety and Occupational Health (SOH) Program Manual External Link 
  6. OPNAVINST 5100.27B Navy Laser Hazards Control Program External Link 
  7. SECNAVINST 6120.3A Periodic Health Assessment for Individual Medical Readiness External Link - updated 14 June 2019
 Coast Guard
CG-612 Directives and Publications Division External Link
  1. COMDTINST M6000.1F Coast Guard Medical Manual External Link
  2. COMDTINST M6260.32 Coast Guard Occupational Medicine Manual  External Link
  3. COMDTINST M6410.3A Coast Guard Aviation Medicine Manual External Link

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Other Government Resources
  1. Program Executive Office Approved Protective Eyewear List  External Link
  2. Naval Ophthalmic Support and Training Activity (NOSTRA)  External Link
    • G-Eyes External Link - Allows deployed military personnel to reorder eyewear as the need arises.
  3. DoD/VA Vision Center of Excellence
  4. National Eye Institute External Link
  1. ASTM International External Link
  2. Prevent Blindness America External Link

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