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According to the CDC, about 2000 workers sustain eye injuries on the job every day. A third of those injuries are treated in hospital and more than 100 of these injuries result in time away from work. Further, 90% of these injuries could have prevented with the use of proper eyewear. Being prepared to protect your employees against these threats begins with issuing high quality workplace safety eyewear.

Protecting your crew and mitigating risks in a manufacturing and production environments can be challenging. Your crew needs to wear protective eyewear at all times because accidents and injuries can occur anywhere, at any time. Hazards such as dust, metal filings, wood splinters and other debris can easily be projected into the air and straight into the eyes. Activities like drilling, grinding, sanding, sawing and cutting are common sources of projectiles and represent real dangers to your employees' eyes. Without proper protection, workers are vulnerable to irritations, accidents and potentially serious injuries.

To ensure you are providing the best options for your employees, check that your safety eyewear is both OSHA compliant and marked ANSI 87.1 for high-mass and high-velocity impact. Appropriate eye protection extends to flying objects but is also highly dependent on the source of the hazard. Shatterproof, impact-resistant lenses, high-wrap frames and glasses with detachable side shields provide protection for any role on the floor. The use of prescription workplace safety eyewear eliminates the unforeseen dangers that can occur when fragments or micro-dust interacts with a contact lens leading to irritation or an injury.

Avoiding abrasions, contusions, punctures and other serious eye damage occurring from the lack of proper PPE is your primary goal. Greatly reducing eye-related incidents in the factory is not only beneficial to your crew, but it mitigates the risk of production being interrupted. Our team can evaluate your needs and make safety eyewear recommendations based on your specific needs.

“About 2000 workers sustain eye injuries on the job every day.  90% of these injuries could have prevented with the use of proper eyewear.”






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.