Whether you’re on the job, on the field or on the court, protecting your eyes from work- or sports-related injuries is extremely important. The best eye protection is provided by safety eyewear that is made and tested for its durability and protective qualities.
Safety glasses made for industrial applications have several requirements they must meet. Those include:
Passing a Frame Test – Components must undergo a high velocity and high mass test. For the high velocity test, no failures are allowed.
Frame Marking – All spectacle frames and temples, goggle bodies or housings, face shield headgear and welding helmet components shall carry a permanent and legible mark or logo identifying the manufacturer and must be marked Z87. Frames that hold prescription lenses must be marked Z87-2. For goggles, face shields or welding helmets, the Z87 or Z87+ can be on any part of the glasses.
Lens Test – Based on performance, personal eye protectors are classified as basic or high-impact models. Basic models must pass the 1-inch drop ball test. High-impact models must fulfill high mass and high velocity requirements. The penetration test applies to Plano plastic lenses.
Lens Marking – All lenses must have a mark to identify the manufacturer. Removable lenses must be visibly and permanently marked. For removable lenses, basic lenses don’t require marks while high impact lenses need a “+”.
Optical Requirements – Optical requirements for Plano glasses are required for refractive power, prismatic power and definition. Transmittance requirements cover clear, tinted and shaded filter lenses and windows.
Athletes are in danger of having their eyes injured by a fall, collision or contact with a ball or another player. As more and more people participate in sports on some level and extreme sports become more popular, the number of who suffer eye injuries could potentially skyrocket. Nearly all sports-related eye injuries can be prevented by wearing the proper protective eyewear that is available at Eye Image.