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The heavy-duty industrial jobs demand the use of prescription safety glasses at the workplace, they are added protection for employees participating in certain activities in their workplace. The safety glasses that are ideal for heavy-duty work environments have to be ANSI rated.
ANSI (American National Standard Institute) inspects the development of voluntary consensus standards for products, services, systems, personnel, and processes in the United States.
It also provides safety standards for various products used in business. Many times, they may even surpass the OSHA requirements and help them determine the safety of a product. ANSI has separate testing and safety standards for eyewear.
One might wonder, what are the high impact prescription glasses or how to identify them exactly? High impact safety glasses typically have much more durability than standard prescription glasses. They offer greater protection to your eyes when working on heavy-duty tasks.
Let’s find out what are the basic features of high impact prescription safety glasses:
A must-have characteristic of the high impact prescription safety glasses is being virtually shatterproof. These safety glasses will never shatter under ordinary or even extraordinary circumstances. Shatterproof safety glasses give those who work at jobs like welding, auto mechanics, construction, pipefitting, and blacksmithing an assurance that their eyes are safe, no matter the environment.
Provides UVA/UVB Protection
Some jobs even require you to work outdoors for hours, sun's UVA and UVB rays can be harmful to your eyes as much as they are to your skin. People often overlook the safety of their eyes and compromise with regular glasses which do not necessarily provide UVA or UVB protection. Your eyes need protection from the sun. Sun's UVA and UVB rays are extremely harsh and can cause vision-related problems such as cataracts, pterygia, macular degeneration, pingueculae, and photokeratitis.
At CA Glasses, we manufacture the type of protective eyewear that protects your eyes from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Some safety glasses come with side shields which keeps the sun rays from getting in through the sides. Safety glasses with such features are ideal for those who may work in an outdoor setting for longer hours like construction.
Passes ANSI Z87.1 Standards
To be considered ANSI rated, the safety glasses have to go through the rigorous testing which involves the following scenarios:
- High Mass Impact Training
A blunt force simulation test completes the high mass impact testing. In the test, they use an object resembling a pen, which is approximately 50 inches long and weighs under 18 ounces. The object is then released from above towards the pair of safety glasses that are resting on a mannequin's face. After it strikes the glasses, the facilitators of the testing check for lens fracture, lens retention, lens penetration, and inner surface detachment. Once they find the glasses to be still intact and have preserved these qualities then tester moves on to the next area.
- Dart Penetration Testing
This portion of the test works to simulate a low mass, low-velocity sharp object penetrating the lens. Here, they use an object which is around 50 inches long just like the object from the other set but weighs only under 2 ounce. The object at the tip resembles a large sharp nail. This step of inspection ensures that the dart cannot penetrate the lens of the glasses.
This is how every pair of prescription safety glasses is tested separately and stamped with the ANSI lettering indicating that they have undergone this testing. Moreover, consumers are allowed to request to see written proof stating the same testing procedure.
It Must Meet or Exceed OSHA Standards
OSHA stands for Occupational Safety and Health Administration, they have certain safety requirements that are necessary for employers to abide by in order to keep the workplace safe. Employees working in specific environments where they would require safety eyewear are required to wear OSHA approved safety glasses as per the laws. It is also recommended to them to have an additional pair of approved prescription safety glasses with them in case of damage or loss.
The workplaces and industries are obligated to provide their employees with some kind of protective eyewear. Employees who already wear prescription glasses will have to wear safety goggles over the top of their regular glasses. This would be potentially clumsy for the employee, so it is better to have your own pair of prescription safety glasses.
Selecting Your Prescription Safety Glasses
Finding your pair of prescription safety glasses online has never been easier like this before. Browse from our range of ANSI Z87.1 rated collection at CA Glasses and find your perfect fit. Our glasses facilitate manual tasks that require care, precision, and attention to safety. Get the job done without having to choose between clear vision and safety with our prescription safety glasses.