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    • Compliance for Safety Glasses: ANSI 287.1-2003
      Lens Color Selection Guide
      So you need Bifocal Safety Glasses?
      Shopping for Safety Glasses
      Eyewear Safety FAQ's

      What are ANSI Safety Standards and Why do my Safety Glasses Need to Comply with them?

      ANSI Z87.1-2003 is the latest standard enforced by ANSI (American National Standards Institute). Replacing ANSI Z87.1-1989, the new standard addresses several changes and minor alterations. The main improvement with the new standard is that it offers a greater impact resistance. Other changes include frame testing, lens markings and Lens Thickness. Currently, the ANSI Z87.1-1989 is incorporated into the OSHA regulations and carries the force of law. The new ANSI Z87.1-2003 has not yet replaced the "Basic" resistance standards by OSHA.

      Lens tests
      Safety glasses are now classified as either basic or high-impact. This classification is based on performance. Basic Impact Lenses must pass the "drop ball" test and 1" diameter steel ball is dropped on the lens from 50 inches. High Impact lenses must pass "high velocity" testing where 1/4" steel balls are shot at different velocities.

      Lens markings
      Basic impact removable lenses must bear the manufacturer's mark or logo. High-impact removable lenses require the manufacturer's mark or logo and a "+". If applicable, the shade number filter lens, special purpose lens and photochromic lens markings must be present. Spectacles with nonremovable lenses must be marked with the manufacturer's mark or logo, "Z87", a "+" if the lenses meets the high-impact testing requirements and (if applicable) a shade number, special purpose lens and photochromic mark. This marking may be placed on the front or on one of the temples.

      For detailed information on ANSI Z87.1-2003, visit the links below:

      29 CFR 1910.132, General Requirements
      29 CFR 1910.133, Eye and Face Protection

      Or contact ANSI directly at:
      American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
      11 W. 42nd St.
      New York, NY 10036

      You can also contact Prevent Blindess America at 1-800-331-2020 for more information.

      Safety Glasses Lens Color Guide

      What color of lens is the right one for you? Use this guide to help you choose. A rule of thumb is to use contrasting colors to decide what lens color meets you needs. For example, blue and yellow are contrasting colors, therefore a yellow light will absorb blue and ultraviolet lights and vice versa.
      Clear Safety Glasses
      Specifically designed for indoor protection where impact protection is required.
      Gray Safety Glasses
      Ideal for outdoor protection where light and glare can cause eye strain and fatigue. Gray lenses do not impact color recognition.
      Indoor/Outdoor Safety Glasses
      A clear lens with a slight mirror coating serves the same purpose as a gray lens, yet allows more visible light to pass through the lens making this lens ideal for indoor and outdoor use. This lens also reduces glare from artificial light.
      Gold, Blue and Silver Mirror Safety Glasses
      The "mirror" coating reflects and reduces the amount of light that passes through making these lenses ideal for outdoor where sunlight and glare cause eye strain and fatigue.
      Dark Green Safety Glasses
      Designed for general-purpose protection from glare and UV radiation.
      Brown/Espresso Safety Glasses
      Ideal for the outdoors where sunlight and glare cause eyestrain and fatigue. Meet traffic signal recognition requirements.
      Vermillion Safety Glasses
      Ideal for indoor inspection as they enhance contrast and reduce all colors equally for optimum color recognition.
      Yellow/Amber Safety Glasses
      Ideal for creating maximum contrast, even in low light, they block the blue portion of the visible light spectrum.
      SCT Safety Glasses
      Uvex's spectrum control technology lens is designed to absorb select wavelengths or radiant light into the polycarbonate lens.
      Filter Shades Safety Glasses
      Ideal for protection against ultraviolet and infrared radiation; designed specifically for working with molten metal and welding operations.
      Shades 1.5 - 3: Torch Soldering
      Shades 3 - 4: Torch Brazing
      Shades 3 - 6: Cutting
      Shades 4 - 8: Gas Welding
      Shades 10 - 14: Electric Arc Welding

      Why Choose Bifocal Safety Glasses?

      Most Americans, especially those in the age range of 40-65 (which includes over 70 million Americans) require reading glasses, or prescription glasses for many tasks. These figures are also true among Americans who need safety glasses and eyewear protection. You can now order safety reading glasses, or bifocal safety glasses, which are a combination of reading glasses and protective safety glasses. Safety Glasses Today will help you and your employees meet safety standards and keep optimum vision at all times.

      Having Bifocal Safety Glasses Available Saves You Money!

      About 10% of safety glass users will require bifocal safety glasses. That means 10% of your employees will also require bifocal safety glasses. Save your company and your employees the expense of prescription safety glasses or, even worse, injury on the job. Offer them bifocal safety glasses and safety glasses specifically designed to fit over prescription eyewear as an affordable and practical alternative. Most prescription safety glasses typically cost about $150.00 each. Do the math, if 10% of your employees need prescription eyewear, you will save yourself and your employees thousands of dollars.

      What is Diopter Strength and which one do I need?

      Think of a diopter as a unit of optical power. The term diopter is the term used to identify the refractive or light bending capacity of a lens. Human eyes also bend light and that's what allows us to see. Most vision problems are due to a weakened ability of the eye to bend light properly. The higher the value of the diopter strength, the closer the focus of the lens.

      Click here to print a diopters chart and follow these instructions.
      1. Without using glasses, hold the chart 26 inches from your eyes (usually about one's arm's length.)
      2. Begin at the top and read the line across. Read the next and so on until you reach the line that is difficult to read.
      3. At the end of each line is the minimum diopter strength you need if you cannot read that line clearly.

      Shopping for Safety Glasses

      Why do I need safety glasses for myself or my employees? According to Blindness America, 50,000 Americans lose their site each year. There are a total of 10,000 eye injuries every year and 90% of them are preventable. In 1970, the Occupational Safety and Health Act was passed by Congress and signed by President Nixon. With all of the technology available, everyone can now access the most protective safety glasses and not compromise style or affordability.

      What is my legal responsibility when it comes to my employee's eye safety and protection? The general requirements are that the employer must ensure that each employee affected by harmful eye or face hazards at work uses appropriate eye and/or face protection to protect them from flying particles, molten metal, liquid chemicals, acids, caustic gasses, vapors and light radiation. The employer must ensure that the employee's eye protection have side protection if there is a hazard due to flying objects. The employer is responsible for ensuring that employees who wear prescriptive lenses while engaged in operations involving eye hazards also wear protective safety glasses either incorporating the prescription into the design or specially designed to fit over the prescription glasses. It is important to mark personal protective equipment so that it facilitates the identification of the manufacturer. If work is being performed that is potentially hazardous due to light radiation, the employee must use equipment with filter lenses with a shade number appropriate for the amount of light radiation and the type of work being performed.

      What is ANSI and does my safety equipment need to meet those standards? The criteria for eye and face protection are as follows. If the equipment was purchased after July 5, 1994, it must comply with ANSI Z87.1 1989, the requirements set by American National Standard Institute, or shall be demonstrated by the employer to be equally effective. If the equipment was purchased before July 5, 1994, it must comply with ANSI Z87.1-1968 or demonstrated by the employer as equally effective. On June 19, 2003, ANSI Z87.1-2003 was approved. Several changed and modifications were incorporated into the standard including high impact standards. It has not yet been incorporated into the OSHA standards, but a variety of safety glasses are using these new standards.

      So why are there so many safety glasses to choose from? Most of the variations in eyewear are to ensure a good and comfortable fit. If you or your employees are not wearing the safety glasses because they are not comfortable or they feel self conscious in them, they will not be protected from the harmful hazards and you may even be legally responsible for any damage. Protective eyewear is available in several sizes, the close the fit to the face, the less likely an object will be able to get passed the glasses and harm the person wearing them. All safety glasses and protective wear must be marked as such to display compliance with the regulations. There are also a variety of lens styles and colors that each have specific functions, but also add unique style to the safety glasses. Choose a style you like and will be most comfortable wearing in all situations.

      What about safety Goggles? Safety goggles offer the most complete impact protection because they form a seal around the eye area, which keeps dangerous objects out. They also prevent tiny dust particles, chemical splashes and vapors from getting in your eyes. There are two main types to choose from: vented and non-vented. Vented safety goggles with direct vents offer protection from impact only. Those with indirect vents have "capped" vents allowing air to move freely in and out without allowing splash or particles in. They are also impact resistant. Lens fogging can still occur because the airflow is not as free to move as with the direct vents. There are many styles with anti-fog lenses to prevent this if it is bothersome. Non-vented goggles are simply lenses and frames with no holes available for air to move through. They offer more protection against vapors and fumes, and are ideal for those with sensitive eyes. You can also get these goggles with an anti-fog coating to keep them from steaming up while you work.

      Eyewear Safety FAQ's

      Q. What are the lenses of safety glasses made of?

      A. Most non-prescription (plano) safety glasses have polycarbonate lenses which help with impact protection and filtering out harmful UV rays. Prescription safety glasses are usually made of CR-39 plastic, glass or polycarbonate lenses.

      Q. What is the difference in a CR-39 lens and a Polycarbonate lens?

      A. CR-39 is a PPG industries registered trade name for diallyl diglycol carbonate (DADC) polymer, introduced in 1941. The "CR" stands for Columbia Resin and CR 39 was the 39th formula made by Columbia Laboratories in Ohio. This Polymer is also polycarbonate, but it's formulated with different starting materials that make it a thermoset plastic, meaning it cannot be molded or bent when heated. Polycarbonate polymers used in most safety glasses are thermoplastic which means the lenses are formed by melting polycarbonate pellets and injecting them into a mold.

      Q. Why do most plano glasses have polycarbonate lenses?

      A. Polycarbonate lenses are impact-resistant, light weight and have built-in ultraviolet protective properties to protect you from harmful UV rays.

      Q. Can plano safety glasses damage my vision?

      A. No, all plano eyewear that meets or exceeds the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards for safety eyewear is made of quality optical material to protect the orbital eye area. Looking through ANSI approved lenses for several hours a day will not weaken your vision.

      It may take some time to adjust to new safety glasses, however, if the visual discomfort continues, you may need prescriptive safety glasses and an eye care professional should be consulted.

      Q. If I wear prescription lenses, what are my options for safety glasses?

      A. There are two options for those who wear prescription lenses. You can wear safety glasses that incorporate the prescription into its design or you can wear safety glasses designed to be worn safely over prescription lenses. The Uvex Amient is an example of safety glasses that can be worn over prescription lenses. Optional prescription inserts are available for a variety of safety glasses. Safety reading glasses (with diopters incorporated into the design) are another alternative.

      Q. What type of maintenance is required for safety glasses to maintain their optimum protection?

      A. Safety eyewear must be cleaned properly in order to continue to provide you with maximum protection. Your eyewear should be cleaned according to the manufacturer's instructions. If no instructions are available, clean and soak the eyewear using a mild soap and warm water. Rinse thoroughly and allow to air dry.

      Q. Does OSHA require that protective eyewear meet or exceed the ANSI Z87.1 standard?

      A. Employers may use OSHA's personal protective equipment standards, which mean they can choose from any of three national standards including ANSI Z87.1.

      Q. I need Safety Glasses for work, but I already wear prescriptive lenses. What are my options?

      A. Most optometrists offer a selection of prescription lenses and frames that meet the ANSI standards. If cost is an issue, there are safety reader glasses in a variety of diopter strengths as well as safety glasses designed to fit over your prescription, such as the Uvex Ambient.