Safety Eyewear


New Prescription Safety Glasses standards

The AS/NZS 1337.6:2007: ‘Personal eye protection – Prescription eye protectors against low and medium impact’ has defined new standards for prescription safety glasses. 

Key changes to the safety glasses standard:

  • No glass lenses – even if hardened – are going to meet the new standard.
  • The frames, not just the lenses, must also meet certain requirements.  Because of the cost of compliance testing, it is unlikely that many fashion frames will be labelled as meeting safety glass standards.
  • This means that safety glasses for work will almost certainly be a separate set of spectacles to your own personal pair. (Unless of course you like walking around town with side-shields on your glasses!)
  • Both the lenses and the frame will have indicators on them to enable safety authorities to check that any spectacles worn comply with impact protection standards. 

If you don’t normally wear glasses, or if your glasses aren’t compliant with the new safety standards, be sure to wear protective over-goggles or other approved equipment for any tasks requiring eye protection. 

At Sharpe & Fowler, we can make prescription safety glasses to meet these new standards. Be sure to mention your safety requirements when you have your next eye examination.

If you're looking for glasses for your  hobby, you might be interested in our range of sports glasses.

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