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EYE SAFETY IN THE LINE OF DUTY
Protection for those who protect others
Local, regional and state-wide law enforcement officers rely heavily on protective eyewear to perform their duties safely. The eyes are one of the most sensitive parts of the body. Injuries and irritation results in LEOs becoming vulnerable to danger while performing their job. More than one-third of the human brain is concentrated on visual perception. Double vision, blurred vision, optic nerve damage, reduced peripheral vision, and increased sensitivity to light are preventable eye injuries. These injuries are expensive to treat and can be career ending.
The law enforcement and tactical communities are constantly in harm’s way. Shattered glass, explosions, gunfire, lasers, flying debris, random flying objects and physical attack are some of the dangers LEOs face. Protected eyesight can mean the difference between life and death when engaged in a dangerous scenario such as gun fire, apprehending a perpetrator or working a crime scene. Eye fatigue from strain is a serious safety issue facing LEOs. Long periods of driving and exposure to bright sunlight are leading causes of fatigue is a dangerous distraction causing the face, eyes and temples to clench. Fatigue can affect one’s alertness in rapidly changing conditions. Using the proper eyewear not only improves performance, but also mitigates the inherent risks involved with this line of work.
LEOs operate in constantly changing environments that demand a spectrum of eye protection options. Wiley X’s high-wrap frames, climate control and changeable lenses allow officers to quickly adapt to changing conditions. UV radiation and exposure to airborne contaminants found in harsh tactical environments present serious risks that can be avoided. High-wrap frames are designed for a close fit around the face and are ideal for blocking out dangers from every angle. Protective eyewear is essential for LEOs who deploy to civil disturbances or other locations where lasers may be used. Eyewear inserts blocking light from red, green, blue, and violet lasers keep officers’ eyes safe during day or night deployments. All Wiley X eyewear includes shatterproof polycarbonate lenses, UV/HEV protection, ANSI Z87.1+ rated protection, and is OSHA compliant.
Careful research and assessment are necessary in making an informed decision when selecting a protective eyewear supplier for LEOs. Select a vendor who can demonstrate a record of product development accomplishments, dedicated research, and rigorous testing. All Wiley X eyewear is ANSI-rated and ideally suited for the needs of LEOs. Our experienced team of professionals can help you understand your options and make recommendations based on your specific needs.
The eyes are one of the most sensitive parts of the body and more than one-third of the human brain is concentrated on visual perception. This is incredibly important when considering the safety eyewear used by local, regional, and state-wide law enforcement officers. Even the slightest amount of eye irritation or injury can result in your LEOs becoming vulnerable to any number of dangers while performing their job. Preventable eye injuries including double vision, blurred vision, optic nerve damage, reduced peripheral vision, and increased sensitivity to light can be expensive to treat and can lead to a LEO making a career change or early retirement.
The law enforcement and tactical communities continuously place themselves in harm’s way as they go about their work. Shattered glass, explosions, gunfire, lasers, flying debris, physical attacks and random flying objects are all examples of the potential dangers faced by LEOs. Safeguarding their vision can be the difference between life and death when engaged in a dangerous scenario such as gun fire, apprehending a perpetrator or working a crime scene. Using proper eyewear not only improves performance, but also mitigates the inherent risks involved with this line of work.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO GET THE JOB DONE
- ANSI-RATED PROTECTION
- HIGH VELOCITY IMPACT
- HIGH MASS IMPACT
- OPTICAL CLARITY
- CLIMATE CONTROL*
- CHANGEABLE LENSES*
- BALLISTIC RATED*
*AVAILABLE ON SELECT MODELS
POPULAR LAW ENFORCEMENT MODELS
ANSI (American National Standards Institute) approves standards submitted by established committees in any given industry. Wiley X is proud to be a part of 3 separate ANSI committees and has a key role in the development and continued evolution of these standards. ANSI Z87.1 is the American National Standard for Occupational and Education Personal Eye and Face Protection Devices. It contains performance specifications, and markings of eye and facial safety products — setting the standards they must meet for protection and optical clarity.
ISO 9001 is a globally recognized standard which outlines the requirements needed to implement a Quality Management System (QMS) in any given organization. The QMS is a set of policies, processes and procedures required for planning and execution of production, development and service within the core business area of an organization. (i.e. areas that can impact the organization's ability to meet customer requirements.) The Wiley X, Inc. QMS integrates the various internal processes within the organization and provides a process approach for project execution. The Wiley X, Inc. QMS enables us to identify, measure, control and improve the various core business processes that will ultimately lead to improved business performance and customer satisfaction.
OSHA's mission is to "assure safe and healthy working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance". By law, employers must provide their workers with a workplace that does not have serious hazards and must follow all OSH Act safety and health standards.
OSHA also sets standards for PPE. Personal protective equipment is addressed in specific OSHA standards for general industry, maritime, and construction. OSHA requires that many categories of personal protective equipment meet or be equivalent to standards developed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). This section highlights OSHA standards and documents related to personal protective equipment.
US Federal OSHA 1910.133(B)(1)(i) ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2010, Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protection Devices, incorporated by reference in § 1910.6
V0 ballistics standards consist of frames and lenses being impacted with a .15 caliber projectile traveling 640-660 fps, or a goggle frame and lens with a .22 caliber projectile traveling 550-560 fps.
Wiley X eyewear models that are part of the Authorized Protective Eyewear List (APEL) are tested to the Alpha version of the V0 ballistics standard which consists of a spectacle frame and lens being impacted with a .15 caliber projectile traveling 700-725fps, or a goggle frame and lens with a .22 caliber projectile traveling 580-590fps. Both tests are meant to simulate shrapnel that may be encountered on the battlefield.
EN.166 is the European certification for personal eye protection. When a piece of eyewear is EN.166 certified it generally means that it is a piece of safety eyewear.
The correct term is actually EN.166 personal Eye Protection European Standard, but is normally referred to as EN.166 or EN.166. It is the core technical industrial safety norm in Europe for eye protection applying to all types of individual protection of the eye which protects from hazards likely to damage the eye, except for nuclear radiation, x-rays, laser emissions and infrared emitted by low temperature sources.
EN.166 is often the minimum required certification regarding eyewear in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Wiley X models meet the AS/NZS 1337.1-2010 standards. This standard specifies minimum requirements for non-prescription eye and face protectors and associated oculars designed to provide protection for the eyes and faces of persons against common occupational hazards such as flying particles and fragments, dusts, splashing materials and molten metals, harmful gases, vapours and aerosols.
Wiley X models meet Canadian CSA Z94.3 standards. This standard relates to eye and face protectors for industrial and educational processes. Hazards covered by the standard include: flying particles/objects, heat/sparks, chemical splashes, molten metal, UV, visible and infrared radiation. Requirements are outlined for impact resistance, ignition/flammability requirements, replacement components, clear zero-power lenses, prescriptionprotective eyewear, zero-power filters and zero-power special-purpose lenses.
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