Features: Focus

Nov
2005

Socket To Me

As more consumers wield power tools while remodeling their houses and landscaping their yards, the number of eye injuries occurring at home has skyrocketed to 45 percent of all optical injuries. And 90 percent of all eye injuries caused in the home could have been prevented through the use of protective goggles. Work site eye injuries, on the other hand, have decreased by two-thirds since 1989 due to safety eyewear requirements. Safety eyewear simply makes sense.

Clockwise from top right: WOLVERINE WT09 from Lancer International/Division of Kenmark Group; PRESTIGE Workforce 830SS from ArtCraft Optical; AERO 650 from AOSafety; ON-GUARD 124 from On-Guard Safety; SNAKEWEARX 02 from Titmus; SAFETY RX 900 from Safety Rx


Safety Eyewear Standards

According to the recen tly updated American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z87.1-2003 standard, protective Rx frames and lenses used for high impact must meet the following requirements:
•Lenses must be marketed with the manufacturer’s monogram and a “+” mark to indicate they meet the high-impact testing standard.
•All special tints and photochromic lenses require a marking.
•Frames are tested with 2.0mm polycarbonate lenses to ensure they can withstand the impact from a 1/4-inch steel ball traveling at 150 fps without dislodging the lenses.
•All parts of the frame are marked with Z87-2, indicating they have been tested to withstand high impact.
•Protective eyewear frames have ANSI Z87 tested side shields avail



 

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