So, what does an ANSI rating mean, and why should you care about it when you’re selecting sunglasses?
For people who like to work hard and play hard, an ANSI rating is important, especially when hazardous materials and/or flying objects are involved. When it comes to sunglasses, ANSI compliant means BADASS.
The acronym ANSI stands for the American National Standards Institute, which is a non-profit organization that serves as the United State’s official standards rating institution. ANSI has been around for over 90 years and has over 1000 members that work together to develop voluntary national consensus standards. These members include trade associations, government agencies, professional societies, labor interest groups, and more. ANSI strives to include “. . .representation from almost every U.S. industry sector.”
When it comes to eyewear, the Z87.1 standard refers to the “American National Standard for Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protection Devices,” which includes minimum safety guidelines for non-prescription eye protection against different types of impact, radiation, and liquid splash exposures.
Sunglasses with an ANSI Z87.1 rating are tested against the following eye hazards:
- Blunt impact
- Liquid splashes and drops
- Dust and small dust particles
To earn compliance, sunglasses are put to the test.
Some of our favorite ANSI eyewear tests include. . .
Yeah, ANSI’s pretty hardcore, and we have mad respect for sunglasses that pass these brutal tests.
You have the right to ask for proof of ANSI standards compliance from any eyewear manufacturer. Do not trust eyewear that does not have the standard printed on it. If you’re really into this stuff, then check out ANSI.org for more details.