OSHA – Occupational Safety and Health Administration

ANSI – American National Standards Institute.

Objective of ANSI is to promote and facilitate VOLUNTARY consensus standards and conformity.  OSHA uses ANSI standards to ensure that safety eyewear provides adequate protection for workers in situations that could be hazardous to the eyes.  The ANSI Z 87.1 standard sets forth requirements for eye protection devices (face shields, goggles and prescription glasses).  It covers: Design, Construction, Testing, Use and Standards for  impact and penetration resistance.

EYE PROTECTION IN THE WORKPLACE

What are the hazards?

Chemical splashes, Thermal burns, Flying objects/Impact, Radiation, Molten metal, Dust, Gas, Infections – from contaminated hands and objects

What can happen?

  • Small objects can penetrate the eye and result in permanent loss of vision
  • Larger objects can cause blunt force trauma to the eyeball or socket
  • Chemicals can burn the front surface of the eye (cornea and conjunctiva) and eyelids
  • Eye infections can be debilitating ;causing pain, glare sensitivity and reduced vision

All are potential risks to eyesight.

Safety Frames


Every frame has a designated side shield.  These are secured using the T-Lock system (No screws, drills or rivets).

SAFETY EYEWEAR TESTS: GENERAL PURPOSE

TEST FEATURE
Temperature Heated in an oven for 1/2hr at 60C.
Robustness Eye protector is struck by 7/8” steel ball dropped 50”
Optical Quality Lens must transmit 80% of visible light
Flame Materials must be self-extinguishing/ not burn at a rate> 3”/min
Corrosion Applied on all metal parts of the protector to eliminate materials affected by perspiration
Disinfection All parts must be capable of cleaning and sterilising

 

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