What Does Z87.1 Certified Mean

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (“OSHA”) in its regulatory capacity related to eye protection has adopted a standard from the American National Standards Institute (“ANSI”).

ANSI is a nonprofit organization whose primary mission is “To enhance both the global competitiveness of U.S. business and the U.S. quality of life by promoting and facilitating voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment systems, and safeguarding their integrity.”

The Z87.1 reference is based on the ANSI standard that establishes the criteria for using, testing, marking, choosing, and maintaining eye protection to prevent or minimize injuries from eye hazards. 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).

The latest update to ANSI Z87.1 was in 2015 with the compliance deadline of November 25, 2016.  Safety glasses have a critical job to do and there is no room for malfunctions or substandard products.  ANSI Z87.1 certified safety glasses go through rigorous tests before they pass certification.

For prescription safety glasses there are particular markings to pass ANSI Z87.1 certification.  When purchasing prescription safety eyewear, the buyer should make sure that the glasses have the following markings:

  1. Manufacturer’s Mark or Logo on frame or lens.
  2. “+” symbol on lenses to indicate they are impact rated.
  3. Z87-2+ on the frame.
  4. Z87+ on detachable side shields if equipped.
  5. Prescription frames also require size markings on the frame and temples in accordance with ANSI Z80.5-2010.

All SafeVision® prescription safety glasses meet OSHA and ANSI Z87.1 certification.