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What is the ANSI Z87.1 standard for safety glasses?

Updated: Aug 13

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is an independent testing organization that issues safety ratings.


The ANSI Z87.1 is the standard for eye protection worn by workers in thousands of manufacturing and processing facilities, universities, research laboratories, and other occupational settings. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) currently has adopted three versions of ANSI Z87.1 as compliant with regulatory requirements.

In order for safety glasses to be approved for use under the ANSI Z87.1 standards, they must have been tested to provide sufficient protection against one or more of the following hazards to eyes.


Identified Hazards

  • Blunt Impact Resistant Hazardous Impact can come either from someone running into an object or a projectile hitting the eye.

  • Radiation  Radiation can come from many sources, including the sun, and can cause damage to the eyes over time.

  • Splashes and Droplets  Liquid chemicals can splash into the eyes causing severe damage.

  • Dust Dust blown up into the air from saws, fans, and other machines can cause serious irritation and temporarily impact eyesight.

Whether you are working in construction, in the lab, or a processing facility, you need eye protection. All BrandX Safety eyeglasses meet ANSI Z87.1 requirements while providing clean lines, clear vision, all-day comfort, and superior protection.

All safety markings for ANSI Z87.1 safety eyewear can be found on the frames of our glasses.



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