Safety Glasses: Protecting Your Eyes At Work

  • BY Zenni Optical

Eye injuries in the workplace are more common than many of us may think, especially in work environments where there are potential eye hazards. Every year thousands of workers go blind from not wearing the correct mandated eye protection. That’s why experts and eye doctors recommend wearing the right eye protection to prevent common eye injuries in the workplace.

In addition, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to provide protective safety eyewear when employees are exposed to flying particles, molten metal, liquid chemicals, acids or caustic liquids, chemical gases, vapors, and light radiation.  OSHA’s requirement for eye protection, adopted in 2015, is the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard for personal eye and face protectors, commonly referred to as ANSI Z87.1. You can now shop for OSHA required ANSI Z87.1 Safety Glasses at Zenni, available in single vision and multifocal options. Read on to learn more about these rigorously tested safety glasses. 

What Are ANSI Z87.1 Safety Glasses

Although ANSI Z87.1 safety glasses may look like normal eyewear, they’re designed to provide significantly more eye protection by featuring frames and lenses that are much stronger than regular eyeglasses. Typically, ANSI Z87.1 safety lenses are available in impact-resistant polycarbonate and Trivex™ materials which must meet or exceed the minimum requirements for protecting your eyes. 

ANSI Z87.1 was created to protect eyewear users from hazards such as impact, optical radiation, liquid splash, dust, and fine particles. This standard covers all types of protector configurations, including eye glasses, safety goggles, face shields, welding goggles, welding masks, and more. Under ANSI Z87.1 , safety glasses are rigorously tested to ensure they comply with strict regulations for frames and lenses. Frames need to meet criteria for high velocity and high mass impact ratings.  The standard also ensures that frames do not ignite, corrode and lenses do not shatter under the specified limits. 

How To Identify ANSI Z87.1 Safety Glasses 

How do you know if your safety glasses meet the ANSI Z87.1 standards? You should be able to locate specific markings on the lens and frame which indicate they are impact rated (high-mass impact and high-velocity impact). If the safety glasses are non-prescription plano eye protectors then they will be marked with “Z87”. If the frames carry prescription lenses you will find more markings with the most pronounced being “Z87-2+” on the temple and inside front of the frame. 

ANSI Z87.1 safety glasses  may also come with options for  impact resistant  lenses such as polycarbonate or Trivex. If so, the lenses will be marked with the manufacturer name and  “+” symbol. For example, Zenni’s impact resistant lenses will be engraved with  the “Zenni+” markings on the upper corner of the lenses.  If you’re  still unsure that your safety glasses comply with the ANSI Z87.1 standard, you should be able to request the test results from the manufacturer of the glasses.

Zenni ANSI Z87.1 Safety Glasses

Zenni now offers affordable ANSI Z87.1 prescription safety glasses with impact resistant lenses, scratch protection, 100% UV protection, and advanced anti-reflective coating. All frames also come with features that allow for maximum protection against dust, dirt and flying particles. Zenni’s ANSI Z87.1 safety glasses come in various style options from classic metal aviators to sleek and stylish durable plastic. Prescription lenses are available in single vision or progressives, with the option for Blokz blue light blocking lenses. 

Head to Zenni to pick out your next pair and get your eyes covered while on the job.