Get The Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHS) within The United States Department of Labor announced that they were making workplace safety a priority. After this announcement, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) adopted this safety standard by requiring workers to wear protective eyewear while on the job. All safety eyewear must pass the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). To be ANSI Z87.1 verified, the safety glasses must pass extensive testing for high velocity and high impact, exposure to non-ionizing radiation, and liquid slash exposures. They also must be durable to both flames and corrosion. Keep reading to learn more about why we need safety glasses and our top picks of safety glasses!

Table of Contents

1. Why Do We Need Safety Glasses?
2. The Best of 2020
2.1. Wiley X Gravity
2.2. Oakley Industrial Det Cord
2.3. Wiley X P-17

Why Do We Need Safety Glasses?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 20,000 work-related eye injuries happen each year. In addition, OSHS reported that it costs more than $300 million per year in lost production time, medical expenses, and worker reparation. Construction workers and workers in a laboratory are especially susceptible to debris, chemicals, and other dangers. ANSI Z87.1 safety glasses are necessary to protect eyes from hazards in the workplace to prevent injury and hopefully lower these statistics.


The Best of 2020

Now that you know what safety glasses are and why you need them, it’s time to explore what kinds are out there. Take a look at our top 3 ANSI rated safety glasses of 2020, chosen by our in house opticians to get started.


Wiley X Gravity

The Wiley X brand is known for their tactical glasses that provide great protection, the Gravity is no exception. As part of Wiley X’s Climate Control Series, there are removable foam gaskets transforming them to fit whatever needs arise.

Wiley X Gravity

Wiley X Gravity in Black Crystal with Blue Mirror Lenses

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Key Wiley X Gravity Features:

  • Lightweight and Durable – Nylon frame
  • ANSI certified Lenses – both for Rx and non-Rx
  • T-Peg Strap – Converts from glasses to goggles
  • Rubber nose pads and temples – no slip grip

Oakley Industrial Det Cord

If you need wide coverage lenses, then these Oakley industrial safety glasses are perfect for you. Don’t compromise style for safety with this pair.

Oakley Industrial DET Cord ANSI

Oakley Industrial Det Cord in Matte Black with Grey Lenses

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Key Oakley Det Cord Features:

  • Unobtanium no slip grip nose piece
  • ANSI Certified frames and lenses – Lightweight and durable
  • Anti-Fog coated lenses
  • Available in Rx

Wiley X P-17

The P-17 is one of Wiley X’s active sports lines and have a great reputation from users. The P-17 glasses are sure to provide all-day comfort no matter what the activity.

Wiley X P-17 in Gloss Black with Polarized Emerald Mirror Lenses

Wiley X P-17 in Gloss Black with Polarized Emerald Mirror Lenses

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Key Wiley X P-17 Features:

  • Rubberized temples and nose pads
  • Comfortable – lightweight and durable nylon frame
  • T-peg Strap transform from glasses to goggles in seconds
  • Available in Rx

Get Safety Glasses in Prescription Online at SportRx

Wondering if you can get your safety glasses in prescription? The answer is yes. SportRx specializes in prescription lenses, which can be customized to fit your unique needs. Contact Us to speak to one of our in-house opticians for any questions you may have or to help you complete your order.

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