Do not Jeopardize Your Eyes – Protect Them with Industrial Safety Eyeglasses

Industrial safety glasses are quite reasonably the general standard in health and safety regulations of various industries, including but not limited to industrial, utilities, manufacturing, oil and gas, and construction. Laborers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, and construction site workers, all of them require high grade eyeglasses that prevent damage while offering maximum impact protection and clear vision.

Safety glasses are a type of protective eyewear.  They create a barrier around the eye that blocks dust, dirt, and debris. Most safety glasses meet ANSI Z87.1 safety rating.  Z87 eyewear is made with durable impact-resistant polycarbonate plastic material.  Although it is lightweight, polycarbonate safety glasses are strong enough to prevent small projectiles and airborne debris from penetrating your eye. They conform to most job site safety requirements.

Eagle Safety Management offers a diverse range of industrial safety glasses and goggles, specifically engineered for various industrial uses. Our range of safety glasses allows you to add important resources to the personal protective equipment (PPE) of employees and the workforce. This enables your company to ensure compliance, but most importantly, protect your biggest asset – your human capital.

Critical for Safety at the Workplace

There are many misconceptions associated with industrial safety glasses, and the biggest one of them all, which unquestionably is the worst, is that they are an option, not a necessity.  There are many Laborers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, and construction site workers doing their jobs without proper safety glasses.  That of course is never a good idea, and employers not providing proper personal protective equipment are always in for penalties and OSHA violations.  Let’s put some things into focus.

Each day, an estimated 2,000 workers suffer eye injuries on the job, which not only robs many of them of their sight, but also costs employers and insurance companies millions of dollars a year.  These injuries incur more than $924 million annually in workers’ compensation, and nearly $4 billion in wage and productivity losses, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that nearly three out of five workers injured were not wearing eye protection at the time of the accident.  Additionally, employees are wearing the wrong kind of eye protection for the job.  About 40 percent of the injured workers were wearing some form of eye protection when the accident occurred. These workers were most likely to be wearing eyeglasses with no side shields, though injuries among employees wearing full-cup or flat-fold side shields occurred, as well.

Prevent Blindness America has revealed that over 700,000 workers in the USA injure their eyes. The injuries range from burns to permanent vision loss. However, what is more striking is that close to 90% of these injuries are preventable with the use of industrial safety glasses.

Industrial safety eyewear protects the eyes from various physical, heat, chemical, electrical, airborne, and biohazard matter that could lead to disease or long-term damage.  As such, they are undeniably crucial to implementing the health and safety policies in a work environment efficiently.

Wide Range of Industrial Safety Glasses

Eagle Safety Management understands that different types of facilities and businesses will require different types of industrial safety glasses. Just as safety glasses for construction workers will not be as practical for carpentry, plumbing, and/or industrial work, similarly various industries have set the standards for industrial safety eyewear as part of the PPE for different levels of work.

Our wide range has various models that can help protect your eyes and meet general industry and construction safety regulations. From small businesses to large corporations, you can choose different sets of safety glasses for different employees (site labor, factory labor, etc.).  Our glasses are designed to ensure maximum protection and comfort, with wide coverage area options also available for specialized work.

You can also choose different options in prescription, nonprescription, UV filtering grade, photochromic lenses, mass impact, velocity impact, foam padding, and more.  Close-fitted eyewear when you have to limit the exposure of the eyes to airborne chemicals and toxins is also available.  On the other hand, high impact protection eyewear is most important for plumbers, carpenters, pipe fitters, millwrights, and machinists.

Note that some activities like carpentry and construction site work require industrial safety eyewear with side shields or full face protection.  So, before purchasing safety glasses from us, it is recommended that you consult with OSHA and find out the best type of safety glasses for different types of jobs in your business and industry.

ANSI Z87.1

ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2020 prescribes the design, performance specifications, and marking of safety eye and face products, including millions of safety goggles, spectacles, faceshields, and welding helmets, worn by workers in thousands of manufacturing and processing facilities, university and research laboratories, and other occupational settings.

It was developed by the Z87 Committee on Safety Eye and Face Protection, which is administered by the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA), and approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).  Safety eyewear conforming to the standard is widely used in the U.S., and the standard is incorporated into OSHA regulations for personal protective equipment.

The updates in the revision reflect recognition of innovative product designs and performance capabilities that had not been previously addressed but which can provide appropriate protection against workplace eye and face hazards. These are seen by changes in transmittance allowances to recognize the unique properties of wrap lenses and expanded welding filter shades.    The 2020 edition now includes testing, performance and marking for anti-fog lenses and includes relaxed optics criteria (as an option) in response to end-user needs.

The standard includes information that can assist safety professionals and workers in making informed decisions in selecting appropriate eye and face protection such as the “Selection Guide” and “Protector Markings” tools. Readers can utilize the tools to become familiar with the protector markings and the corresponding performance requirements given in the standard, in order to evaluate the capabilities and limitations of a particular device based on the manufacturer’s claims.

ANSI Eye Protection Marking

The Z87.1 standards have also been harmonized with eye and face protection standards used in other countries. This makes it easier to work internationally and understand eye protection requirements.

ANSI Z87.1 requires markings on eye protection that relate directly to the device’s ability to defend against specific hazards. Eye protection that’s Z87.1-compliant is marked with “Z87.”

 

Additional markings fall into three categories:

  • Impact vs. Non-Impact
  • Splash and Dust Protection
  • Optical Radiation Protection

Impact vs. Non-Impact

ANSI Z87.1 classifies eye protection as impact- or non-impact-rated. Impact-rated eye protection must pass certain high-mass and high-velocity tests and provide eye protection from the side. Impact-rated eye protection will have a plus symbol (+).  Impact-rated flat lenses, for instance, will be marked “Z87+.”

Chemical Splash and Dust Protection

Eyewear that meets ANSI Z87.1 requirements for droplet (splash) or dust protection will be marked with a code that begins with the letter “D”.

 

For example:

  • Eye protection that provides protection from droplets and splashes is marked with “D3”
  • Eye protection that provides dust protection is labeled “D4”
  • Eye protection that provides fine dust protection is labeled “D5”

Optical Radiation Protection

A lenses’ ability to protect against radiation is indicated by a letter designation, which is typically followed by a rating number.

 

The markings are as follows:

  • Welding Filter: “W” followed by a shade number on a scale from 1.3 to 14.
  • Ultra-violet (UV) Filter: “U” followed by a number on a scale from 2 to 6.
  • Infra-red (Heat) Filter: “R” followed by a number on a scale from 1.3 to 10.
  • Visible Light (Glare) Filter: “L” followed by a number on a scale from 1.3 to 10.
  • Clear lens: No additional marking
  • Variable tint: “V”
  • Special purpose: “S”

When appropriate, two additional markings will appear on eye protection:

  • Eye protection designed for a smaller head size will be marked with the letter “H.”
  • Prescription lenses will have the manufacturer’s logo.

Eye protection may have several markings if it meets requirements for two or more categories. For example: Lenses marked “Z87+L8D3D4” provide impacted-rated eye protection, glare reduction, and protection against droplets and dust.

Authorized Dealer of Edge Eyewear and Products. 

In 1998, Edge Eyewear pioneered a new revolution to the world of personal protective equipment – Designer Quality Safety Eyewear!

Prior to that day, safety glasses were often reported as uncomfortable, void of lens technology, often noncompliant with safety standards, and with no style or beneficial design features.  Seeing the need for change, Edge declared a mission to KEEP PEOPLE SAFE by designing protective eyewear people WANT to wear, thereby reducing eye injury through increased usage and protection. With Edge leading the way in high-tech safety and design, the safety eyewear industry is being transformed, and statistics have shown amazing gains in eyewear usage and reduced eye injuries!

 

Edge Eyewear became the first company to offer new technologies into the safety eyewear industry such as:

  • Glare-reducing polarized lenses
  • Eye-strain reducing G-15 lenses
  • The world’s first true permanent anti-fog Vapor Shield lenses
  • Depth perception enhancing copper lenses
  • Clarity enhancing Aqua Precision lenses
  • Flexible nylon frames
  • Adjustable nose pieces
  • Wide and slim-fit frames
  • Foam gasket sealed fit frames

Edge’s ground-breaking technologies have forever changed the safety eyewear industry, and they continue to push the limits with what is possible! 

 

Today, the safety eyewear revolution continues as Edge identifies new markets to serve.  Edge’s focus on eye protection, coupled with the ability to design unique, high-tech, fashion-forward eyewear, has fueled the opportunity to bring safety eyewear from the professional workplace into the sporting and recreational industries as well–from work to play– where an unexpected 63% of eye injuries were occurring. Alarmed by the statistic, the team at Edge jumped at the challenge to bring eye safety to these new markets, and the results have been well worth the effort!

 

In 2011, Edge continued to expand and launched its ballistic-rated lenses for military and law enforcement use. Unlike competing tactical brands that got their start in sport and fashion, Edge is unique in that since 1998, its roots have been in safety-rated protective eyewear, proving a smart and logical transition into the tactical world.  The Edge Tactical division quickly spanned the global markets and has a strong focus on the research and development of new technologies to protect those that serve.

 

In addition to bringing designer protective eyewear to new markets, Edge recognized the need to educate the industry about the safety risks and standards and to help companies build eyewear safety programs.  Developing and offering workplace hazard assessment guides, fit testing, UV Protection guides, and other eye safety assessment tools is a part of Edge’s commitment to helping make job-site safety intuitive, easily accessible, and consistent!  Additionally, Edge’s team has dedicated countless hours, traveling nationally and overseas, to educate and provide training to over 800,000 professionals through a uniquely developed safety certification program. Investing time and resources in the current and upcoming workforce is important, and no one does it better than Edge!

 

The Edge mission is to protect eyesight across all industries by bridging the gap between safety and fashion, blending technology with design and comfort, and increasing eye safety awareness along the way. Edge is transforming how the world sees protective eyewear!  The Edge team and its carefully-selected business partners are world class in providing a premium brand experience, and we invite you to join Edge in its efforts to improve eyewear safety, protect sight, and empower eyewear choice through forward-thinking technologies and designs!

 

IMPACT PROTECTION

All Edge glasses are independently tested for compliance with the most rigorous safety standards available. According to the CDC and Department of Labor, there are over 10,000 eye injuries in North America every day. Approximately 2,000 of these injuries require medical treatment and 3–5 days off work. Additionally, many are shocked to learn that 63% of all eye injuries happen away from work—at home and during recreational activities.

 

OPTICAL CLARITY

Resolving Power Test

The Resolving Power Test examines the ability of a lens to form seperate, distinct images of objects that are close together when viewed from 10.67 m (35 ft) away.

What constitutes a Failure?
The lens fails if there is an inability to distinguish three seperate lines at the 20-line mark on test pattern, both vertically and horizontally.

 

Astigmatism Test

The Astigmatism Test looks for improper lens curvature or flat areas that cause refractive error and image shifting.

 

Prismatic Power Test

The Prismatic Power Test measures the angular deviation of a light ray after it passes through a lens. This is similar to the way light refracts and bends through a prism, causing images to shift.

 

UV Protection

UVA (315 – 380 NM)

Although UVA rays are the least intense, they account for more than 90% of UV radiation reaching the earth and remain constant throughout the year. Exposure to high levels of this light without the proper lens filtration may cause damage to all layers of the cornea.

 

UVB (280 – 315 NM)

UVB rays are the main cause of sunburn and are strongest in the Summer. Permanent retina or lens damage can result from exposure to high levels of this light without proper lens filtration.

 

UVC (180 – 280 NM)

The most harmful type of ultraviolet radiation comes from UVC rays. The ozone layer keeps most of the sun’s UVC radiation from reaching earth, but some man-made UV sources, such as welders and cutting torches, emit these hazardous rays. Exposure to high levels of this light without proper eye protection may result in photokeratitis, often referred to as “welder’s flash”.

 

CUTTING-EDGE INNOVATION

Vapor Shield “Military Grade” Anti-Fog

Edge Eyewear pioneered Vapor Shield technology; the world’s first “Military Grade” Anti-Fog that is completely resistant to haze, fog and condensation in the most extreme conditions and temperatures.

 

Lenses available in Vapor Shield:

  • Clear
  • Yellow
  • Smoke
  • Light Blue

Polarized

In 1999, Edge Eyewear pioneered the world’s first polarized lens for safety glasses. This technology can be compared to horizontal blinds where slats create a filtering layer that blocks glare from above and reflected light from below, allowing only direct light rays to enter. This reduced glare is ideal for environments with bright sun, snow, water, or sand.

 

Lenses available in Polarized:

  • Smoke
  • Copper
  • G-15
  • Aqua Precision Blue Mirror

Aqua Precision Mirror

Aqua Precision Mirror Lenses effectively block infrared light and reduce excess transmission on both ends of the visible light spectrum. Originally developed by NASA, this technology was first used on astronaut helmet visors and the windows of satellite portholes. Edge Eyewear is the first company ever to offer this unique technology for safety glasses. The result is visual clarity, especially in bright light conditions.

 

Lenses available in Aqua Precision:

  • Aqua Precision Red Mirror
  • Aqua Precision Blue Mirror

Blue Light Filter

Blue light has short wavelengths, which cause the eye to focus too far in front of the retina. The result is a blue blur that can cause eyestrain, particularly while driving. Copper, amber, and yellow-colored lenses reduce blue light to give greater depth perception and brighter, defined surroundings. Edge Eyewear introduced the first-ever Blue Light Filter lens for safety glasses.

 

Lenses available in Blue Light Filter:

  • Yellow
  • Copper

G-15

Edge Eyewear is the first company ever to offer a safety-rated G-15 lens. The U.S. Air Force engineered this technology for use in aviator lenses in the 1930s for maximum transmission of green and yellow light (the spectrum best perceived by the human eye) for true-to-life color perception. The result is reduced strain and a noticeable cooling sensation on the eyes.

Frame Tech

Multi-Fit

Multi-Fit Nosepiece is designed to accommodate a variety of facial and nose bridge structures by bending the flexible nose piece to create a perfect fit.

XL Wide Fit

Edge Eyewear offers an XL fit, which is 22mm wider at the temples, providing a comfortable option for larger head sizes.

 

Frames available in XL Wide Fit:

  • KAZBEK

Fit Over RX

Safety rated Fit Over RX glasses comfortable fit over most prescription eyeglasses to ensure safe, clear vision.

 

Frames available in Fit over RX:

  • OSSA

Sealed Gaskets

Sealed gaskets, available in removable and permanent styles, allow for a sealed fit to prevent airborne debris from entering the eye area.

 

Frames available with Gaskets:

  • BARETTI
  • DAKURA
  • DELANO G2
  • KAZBEK

Optical Laboratory Partnership

Eagle Safety Management has partnered with a full-service optical laboratory that pushes the boundaries of correction and protection in prescription, sport, and safety eyewear.  Their experts fulfill and customize prescriptions in high-wrapped frames based on the wearer’s visual needs.  

Additionally, they maintain strict quality control standards and are equipped to meet ANSI, Ballistic, EN166, and MIL-Spec requirements.  Eagle Safety Management partnered with this optical laboratory to provide superior, custom-made prescription eyewear that will enhance your visual performance and appearance offering a complete line of proprietary digital designs in Single Vision, Anti-Fatigue, Computer, and Progressive Lenses.

ANSI Prescription Safety Glasses Z87

ANSI Safety Glasses Technology

The best Z87 prescription safety glasses don’t have to be clunky and awkward.  Sleek safety glasses are now available to suit any setting, indoors and out and can be made comfortable for a variety of faces.  From classic colorless safety lenses to tinted lenses for a variety of lighting situations, our options of stylish specs are sure to fit in with whatever work you need them to do.

-Lens Designs

Single Vision

Standard conventional or fully digital lens options.  Single vision glasses are designed to help people who require correction of farsightedness, nearsightedness, or astigmatism.  These eyeglasses have just a single optical prescription correction and they distribute focus evenly over the entire surface area of the lens.  This is the most general type of glasses that people wear.

Digital single vision is the latest solution delivering a new concept of vision in high definition from the center to the edge of the lens.  Fully personalized using digital technology, this lens maximizes visual performance. The wearer experiences the new concept of ‘no limits vision’. Digital single vision provides the best visual combination of perfect vision with optimal comfort. It is especially beneficial for high minus and plus prescriptions, prescriptions with large astigmatic corrections, and sports frames.

Progressive

Progressive lenses have three prescriptions in one pair of glasses. That allows you to do close-up work (like reading a book), middle-distance work (like checking out a website on a computer), or distance viewing (like driving) without needing to change your glasses.  Progressive lenses are sometimes called multifocal lenses.  By optimizing lens designs, will be able to accommodate a wearer’s specific needs by giving them the best all-around visual experience.

Computer

Specialized design for intermediate and near distances (from a few inches to 20 feet).  This is a great lens for office and computer work since it offers extremely wide intermediate and near visual fields and very easy adaptations. It is ideal for middle-aged professionals who spend a lot of time working at near-intermediate distances (office workers, industrial plant operations). The near and intermediate vision regions cover the entire surface of the lens, ensuring a wider optimized area. In addition, the soft design guarantees easy adaptation and unbeatable comfort.

Anti-Fatigue

Anti-Fatigue is a single vision personalized lens with a soft design that reduces the visual fatigue symptoms associated with reading for long periods of time. It offers an extra addition in the near vision region of the lens to relax the adjustment between different distances and increase focus with less effort.  Anti-Fatigue is ideal for wearers between ages 18 and 45 who need better near vision.

-Lens Coatings

Mirror Coatings

Specially designed to improve lens performance. Durable and scratch-resistant, all our mirror-coated lenses include hydrophobic and oleophobic properties and premium backside anti-reflective coatings.

Anti-Reflective Coating

Premium, proprietary, anti-reflective coatings provide unsurpassed clarity, durability, and ease of cleaning. Available on any lens style or substrate in green reflex, blue reflex, or blue light filtering versions.

Anti-Scratch Coating

We offer industry-leading protection from scratching, crazing, peeling, and cracking, providing durability and extending the life of your lenses.

Anti-Fog Coating

The worst thing about wearing glasses is the constant threat of condensation, scratches, and other things that limit visibility.  We offer an anti-Fog coating that can be combined with mirror or anti-reflective treatments. Fog resistance makes working in damp environments non-threatening and keeps vision clear even when dealing with particles and debris. Designed to eliminate fogging caused by cold weather conditions, humidity, and changes in temperature.  

Z87 Prescription Safety Glasses Features

Certified Eye Protection

The existing standard for safety glasses published by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is called the Z87.1-2020: American National Standard For Occupational And Educational Personal Eye And Face Protection Devices. ANSI Z87 Safety glasses are also considered OSHA Approved Safety Glasses. Standards such as the Z87 safety glasses criteria assure that these glasses hold up to a variety of pressures that would cause other glasses to shatter or fail to protect your eyes. While there are ANSI Z87.1 prescription safety glasses crafted for specific places and lighting, all of them are rigorously tested to assure protection from blunt impact, small dust particles, splashes and droplets, and radiation. Glasses that pass these tests are some of the toughest on the market, but that does not mean they can’t be comfortable too.

Specialty Glasses

In the world of glasses, there seem to be only two options: fashionable glasses or functional glasses. Much of the time, these two categories don’t overlap, forcing anyone who wants to protect their eyes from sunlight, debris, moisture, or chemicals as well as those who wear corrective lenses for any reason to lose out on the world of functional and sporty safety glasses. This no longer has to be the case, however. In what was once seen as an impossible combination, safety glasses are now being produced that are not only stylish but functional and sporty as well! You can now wear the same pair of ANSI safety glasses while working and hunting or golfing.