How to choose the right safety glasses

by Safety Mart

Choose safety glasses that comply with ANSI standards.

ANSI Z87.1-2003, a replacement to Z87.1-1989 (R-1998), is truly performance driven. The most noticeable difference deals with eye protector impact levels. Two levels of impact resistance, “Basic" and “High" are now defined for safety glasses. Marking requirements have changed to reflect these levels of impact performance. Devices that meet the “High" impact criteria must be marked “Z87+". Frames should meet the “High" impact level. If the eye protector only meets the “Basic" impact criteria, a warning label must be attached to the protector. Currently, ANSI Z87.1-1989 is incorporated by reference into the OSHA regulations, and, as such, carries the force of the law.

Decide which lens coating will work for you.

Anti Fog Coating provides excellent fog prevention in humid environments where sudden shifts in temperature occur.

Anti Scratch Coatings extend lens life in abrasive environments where scratches are possible.

Anti-Static Coatings reduces dust and particulate attraction to the lens.

Hard Coatings are permanently bonded to lens to extend lens life.

Anti-UV Coatings absorb more than 99.9% of harmful ultraviolet radiation.

Determine which color lens will work best for your application.

Clear Safety Glasses

For general indoor applications where impact protection is required.

Gray/Smoke Safety Glasses

For outdoor applications where light and glare can cause eye strain and fatigue. Provides good color recognition.

Mirror Safety Glasses

A clear lens with a slight mirror coating serves the same purpose as gray lens, yet allows more visible light through the lens for indoor/outdoor use. Reduces glare from artificial light.

Gold, Blue & Silver Mirror Safety Glasses
Use outdoor where sunlight and glare cause eye strain and fatigue. “Mirror" coating reflects light, reducing the amount of light that passes through the lens.

Dark Green Safety Glasses
General-purpose protection from glare and UV radiation.

Amber Safety Glasses
Blocks the blue portion of the visible light spectrum, creating maximum contrast enhancement, particularly in low light.

Filter Shades Safety Glasses
Protect against ultraviolet and infrared radiation generated when working with molten metal, and in welding, cutting, soldering and brazing operations.

Shades 1.5–3
Torch soldering.

Shades 3–4
Torch brazing.

Shades 3–6

Shades 4–8
Gas welding.

Shades 10–14

Electric arc welding.