Current Australian Standards for Occupational Eye Protection (SAI Global)
According to the Australian Commonwealth Work and Health Safety Act 2011, employers must, amongst other things, "provide suitable protective clothing and equipment to staff".
“The person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) who directs the carrying out of work must provide the personal protective equipment to workers at the workplace, unless the personal protective equipment has been provided by another person conducting a business or undertaking”.
This includes safety prescription eyewear. To be compliant with this requirement, it is not enough to simply supply some protective side shields and / or plastic lenses. Protective prescription eyewear must comply with the AS/NZS 1337.6 standard.
PSG safety frames are manufactured to standards exceeding those of regular ophthalmic frames. Each frame model in the PSG range meets the Australian / New Zealand requirements of AS/NZS 1337.6 & AS/NZS 1337.1.
PSG is licensed to manufacture prescription safety eyewear under SAI Lic# SMKH21382.
Personal eye protection - Prescription eye protectors against low and medium impact.
This Standard specifies minimum requirements for eye protectors fitted with prescription lenses intended to provide low or medium impact eye protection from flying particles and fragments in occupational situations.
It does not apply to eye protectors in which the prescription lenses are fitted behind plano protective lenses. These are covered by AS/NZS 1337.1.
Prescription eye protectors complying with this Standard are intended to give both impact protection and prescribed refractive correction of vision.
For protection from hazards other than low or medium impact, appropriate protection as recommended in AS/NZS 1336 should also be worn covering the prescription eyewear, e.g. dust, splashing materials, molten materials, harmful gases, vapours or aerosols, high energy flying particles or fragments.
These are covered in AS/NZS 1337.1. Requirements for protection from sources of optical radiation, other than the sun, are covered in AS/NZS 1338, Parts 1 to 3.
The Australian and New Zealand standard AS/NZS 1337.6 Prescription Eye Protection against low and medium impact specifies minimal requirement for the appliance to withstand the impact of a 6.35mm steel ball at a velocity of 40mps.
Personal eye protection - Eye and face protectors for occupational applications.
This Standard specifies minimum requirements for non-prescription eye and face protectors and associated oculars.
They are designed to provide protection for the eyes and faces of persons against common occupational hazards such as flying particles and fragments, dusts, splashing materials and molten metals, harmful gases, vapours and aerosols.
The aim of this Standard is to assist in the provision of safe, efficient and comfortable vision in the occupational situation, including consideration of the need for protection against sun glare and optical radiation in the natural environment.
The Standard does not apply to filter oculars for protection against optical radiations generated by industrial processes, which are dealt with in AS/NZS 1338.
COMPLIANT VS CERTIFIED
When purchasing your prescription safety glasses, make sure you only purchase a Certified product for your piece of mind. Compliant means a manufacturer is making a statement or a claim that their products comply with a standard. Usually no audits by a third party have been conducted to confirm this.
Certified means that a third party, such as SAI Global, has provided certified assessment and auditing of the manufacturing systems and complete product appliance to comply with the standard.
Tested by a third party, such as the University of New South Wales test lab, to verify compliance with AS/NZS 1337.6.
A certified product is identified by a Standardsmark Certification license - the 5 tick tower.
PSG CERTIFIED SAFETY EYEWEAR
PSG is licensed to manufacture certified prescription safety eyewear under SAI Standards Mark License SMKH21382.
PSG has the largest range of prescription safety eyewear in Australia with more than 22 frame models listed on AS/NZs 1337.6 Standards Schedule as Certified.
Each frame model in the PSG safety range is certified and manufactured to standards exceeding those of regular opthalmic frames.
All PSG products are supplied with a written certificate of compliance to AS/NZS 1337.6 & AS/NZS 1337.1, manufactured under ISO 9001 QA system and covered by an $20,000,000 Product Liability Insurance Policy.