The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a department under the United States Department of Labor. They are tasked with ensuring safe working environments for all the types of labor that can be done within the United States.

These guidelines are there so people don’t get injured on the job. One of those areas covers what OSHA-approved prescription safety glasses requirements are to ensure that there is ample protection.

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HOW DOES OSHA PROTECT THE WORK
ENVIRONMENT?

Complying with OSHA standards covers everything from having the proper signage everywhere, deeming where the hazardous areas are, to making it an employer mandate that all employees who need prescription safety glasses are OSHA approved. It cannot be any type of safety glasses but one that covers OSHA prescription safety glasses requirements

WHAT ARE OSHA-APPROVED
SAFETY GLASSES?

There’s no OSHA certification. OSHA accepts and approves the certification from the American National Standards Institute or ANSI. This is a body that helps provide the ratings of what type of approval OSHA safety glasses prescriptions would look like.
This standard is, of course, ANSI Z87. 1-2010 standards. You’ll see these markings and designations a lot throughout our site at RX-Safety, and that helps to know that at the bare minimum, those prescription safety glasses OSHA approved per se.

ARE MY GLASSES OSHA APPROVED?

Great question, and again it goes back to having that ANSI Z87+ rating started somewhere. This rating needs to be both on the lenses and the frames of the safety glasses as one set. There need to be visible markings that state that and can usually be found near the manufacturer’s logo. Generally, this standard covers basic impact or high-impact protection against common agents in hazardous working environments.
They’re meant to protect you from small amounts of metal, wood, or glass that may be flying around at the bare minimum. However, as you start to go towards more hazardous areas, such as protection against radiation, sparks, or corrosive materials, ANSI Z87+ is the minimum standard usually coupled with other certifications and protective materials specific to those types of hazardous materials.

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WHICH INDUSTRIES NEED THESE
TYPES OF OSHA-APPROVED
SAFETY GLASSES?

OSHA safety standards can technically be for any industry but are commonly related to businesses operating heavy machinery or having their workers in injury-prone locations. These can be construction positions, including electrical work, carpentry or plumbing, factory work, and manufacturing and industrial jobs such as mining and welding.

Having the right type of prescription safety glasses that are OSHA-approved will go a long way to prevent workplace injuries and protect your only two eyes. As mentioned earlier, many workplaces need to provide protective gear, including ANSI Z87+ certified safety glasses that OSHA has approved, so it’s not about a budgetary thing, but it’s more about ensuring that you have specifically what you need to do your job safely. Don’t worry, as your employer wants to ensure your safety so that the work goes on in a good environment.

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