According to Prevent Blindness America
, there were well over 200,000 people treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms for workplace-related eye injuries in a single year. More than 20,000 of those required time off of work. If your workers aren't on the job, youâ€™re losing money! The majority of these injuries may be preventable with proper eye protection
OSHA follows the Z87 standards set by ANSI
. If you're wearing approved glasses, they'll be stamped with a permanent marking, like the one above. The marking should be stamped somewhere on the glasses; usually on the front of the frame, or somewhere on the inside or outside of the temple or even on the lenses themselves. But what does Z87 actually mean?
For a Z87 rating, the glasses have to go through extensive testing. For the basic impact rating, a drop ball test is performed and the lens must not break, crack, or chip. If the glasses are to meet the Z87+ rating, they LITERALLY FIRE OBJECTS
AT THE GLASSES! Awesome. This test is done with the lenses in the frames, and no part of the glasses can fail.
Nowâ€¦ safety glasses come in a variety of shapes and sizes. And really, most of our popular styles don't even look like safety glasses. If you head over to our safety glasses
section, youâ€™ll notice that the majority of them actually look like plain sunglasses. You can also get many styles in a variety of lens tints. If you do work in mixed light, indoor/outdoor glasses might be for you. Mirrored lenses can help reduce eye fatigue if youâ€™re working out in the sun all day.
Want to see what the shades look like on a person? Check out our videos of Mark doing a quick-change routine in mirrored, smoked, colored, and clear safety glasses: