Quality and Certification

Compliance

All Bolle Tactical products are in compliance with ANSI Z87+ and with at least one of the following Military Standards

MIL-PRF-32432 Military standards for eye protection for sunglasses or prescription glasses

MCEPS GL-PD 10-12 Military standards for eye protection for glasses

MIL-PRF-31013 Military standards for eye protection for glasses

MIL-DTL-43511D Military standards for eye protection for goggles/visors

The Military’s rigorous MIL-PRF 32432 Ballistic Fragmentation standard uses tests are similar to those in the ANSI Z87.1 standard. However, the requirements include the use of much more rigorous impact energy than used in ANSI Z87.1 testing. There are two main Military Ballistic Standards used for testing, MIL-PRF-31013 (spectacles) and MIL-DTL-43511D (goggles).

It is recommended that all eyewear meet ANSI Z87.1, but for ballistic protective eyewear it is required that it meets military standards for impact protection. MIL-DTL-43511D (clause 3.5.10 for goggles and visors) and MIL-PRF31013 (clause 3.5.1.1 for spectacle)s.

MCEPS GL-PD 10-12 supersedes the MIL-PRF-31013 standard in April of 1996. This standard contains ballistic fragmentation tests that determine eyewear compliance. The Military MCEPS standard contains a series of tests that are higher impact than ANSI, to simulate the projectiles and dangers encountered in combat.

Mandatory Markings

Bollé Safety lens and frame marking is specific to each product. Each marking corresponds to a very specific use. Certified by independent laboratories, this information guarantees protective eyewear quality and resistance.

What is the assessment of occupational hazards?

Assessment of occupational hazards involves identifying and ranking hazards in the workplace to implement relevant protective measures. It is the initial step in occupational health and safety. It is essential to check adequacy between product markings and standards markings.

Brief Overview of the ANSI Z87.1-2010 Standard

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) announced April 13, 2010 a new edition of the ANSI/ISEA Z87.1 standard. The new edition titled, “American National Standards Institute for Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protective Devices” updates the previous version, Z87.1-2003.

Significant Changes to the Standard

The new standard is hazard based requiring employers to select protective devices based upon the workplace. This is a change compared to the 2003 standard, which focused on the protector type. Specific evaluation is now required for workplace hazards such as impact, optical radiation, droplet and splash, dust and fine dust particles. As the 2010 standard is radically different, the product markings have changed. Users will need education on matching the hazard that they need protection from with the marking on the product.

 

Impact

The Z87.1 2003 standard previously classified personal protectors as “basic or high impact” devices. In the ANSI Z87.1-2010 standard, personal protectors are rated as either “impact” or “non-impact” protectors. To be considered an impact protector, the device must meet the high velocity and high mass tests. Once these devices have passed the test, they will carry the Z87+ stamp on both the frame or lens housing and lens. Additionally, prescription products meeting this requirement will carry the marking Z87-2+. Non-impact protectors (those that do not pass all high-impact testing) will be designated only as Z87 (not to include the + sign).  

Optical Radiation

Spectral transmittance categories have been expanded to allow matching and selection of filters for radiation hazards in greater specificity than the previous standard.

Droplet, Splash

Dust-The new standard has expanded to assist users in identifying specific protectors that may be appropriate for the hazard. The following markings indicate the hazard. D3-Liquid Splash, D4-dust, D5-fine dust. This rating will be marked on the lens and the frame of the approved device.

ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2015

In mid-2015 ANSI/ISEA updated the 2010 standard. The updates in the revision reflect the need to streamline test methods in concert with similar global standards, and to recognize new innovations in protector design that had not been previously addressed but which can provide appropriate protection against workplace eye and face hazards.

 

 

 
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