Oakley Safety Glasses That Meet ANSI Z87.1 [Updated for 2022] (2023)

Find the Right Oakley Safety Glasses For You

Whether you’re working on a dirty job site or in the field, having the right safety glasses are crucial to protecting your eyes. And Oakley Safety Glasses deliver with protection, comfort, and style!

Now let’s walk through the most popular Oakley safety glasses and how you know if they meet ANSI and OSHA standards.

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What are ANSI Z87.1 Standards?

Before we jump into the specific frames, let’s talk about what ANSI standards actually are and why it matters.

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is an organization dedicated to establishing safety and health standards, but primarily for those used in the workplace.

You’re likely reading this guide because the ANSI standard was adopted and put into law by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and is considered the standard for “Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protection Devices.” (Don’t worry there’s no quiz after this)

To summarize, ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2015 states that the eyewear you’re buying will protect your eyes in potentially harmful situations as required by OSHA.

Are All Oakleys ANSI Z87.1 Certified?

No, While Oakley advertises the high impact resistance and quality of its lenses and glasses, not every pair is ANSI certified as work safety glasses.

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Unless the glasses are stamped/engraved with the ANSI Z87.1 marking, they are not certified!

And depending on how strict your workplace is, this could definitely matter.

You may notice on Oakley.com that a number of your favorite frames reference ANSI Z80.3 – Note this is different than the ANSI Z87.1 certification explained above.

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What is ANSI Z80.3?

ANSI Z80.3 sets a similar but less stringent standard than ANSIZ87.1. Specifically, Z80.3 is for non-corrective sunglasses and fashion glasses normally used for casual, dress, and recreational purposes.

In the below sections, we’ll review the top Oakley safety glasses that are certified to meet ANSI Z87.1 and OSHA standards!

What are Oakley PPE Glasses?

In reaction to the global pandemic in 2019, Oakley expanded their safety glasses line to include Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) specific models.

While similar to their existing safety glasses, these PPE-specific pairs include dust and chemical-resistant O Matter frames that meet EN166 standards.

Read more about the full Oakley PPE line in our dedicated guide as well!

Are Oakley Prescription Safety Glasses Available?

Yes, all of the glasses outlined in our guide below are also available with prescription lenses. But, you can only purchase Oakley prescription safety glasses from aftermarket suppliers or your local eye doctor.

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For more information, check out our complete Oakley Prescription Glasses Guide.

Top Oakley Safety Glasses with ANSI Z87.1 Certification

In 2020, Oakley began offering ANSI Z87.1 certified pairs through their website, in addition to new PPE pairs, which are EN166 certified. As a result, we’ve updated our listing below to include these PPE pairs as well.

There are also several Oakley Industrial pairs available through other outlets.

Most are through Oakley’s Standard Issue program – if you aren’t familiar with the government/military exclusive site or how to qualify, be sure to read our complete Oakley SI guide (p.s the discounts aren’t bad either).

Several also appear to be available through other outlets, which can be found with some easy searches.

Keep reading for our top picks of Oakley safety glasses.

Industrial M Frame 3.0 PPE

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If you’ve been waiting for Oakley to open the Standard Issue vault and release some of their pairs to the non-SI public, you’re in luck. These M Frame 3.0’s (Linked here) are one of the first pairs to escape the SI lock and key. And with a large shield lens, these industrial-grade safety glasses are great for any work environment.

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M Frame 3.0 Highlights:

  • Meets EN166 (EU) and ANSI Z87.1 (US) standards
  • Chemical-resistant O-Matter frame
  • Anti-scratch coating on the outside of lenses
  • Anti-fog coating on the inside of lenses to prevent fogging
  • Prescription lenses are not currently available

SI M Frame 3.0 with Gasket PPE

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Another pair now available through Oakley.com and Standard Issue, the SI M Frame 3.0 with Gasket (Linked here) was introduced as a part of the PPE line. No word on how long this pair will be available through Oakley (non-SI), so get it while it’s hot if you’re interested.

M Frame 3.0 with Gasket Highlights:

  • Meets ANSI Z87.1 and EN166 Standards
  • Chemical-resistant O-Matter frame
  • Gasket for enhanced grip and protection
  • Anti-scratch coating on the outside of lenses
  • Anti-fog coating on the inside of lenses to prevent fogging
  • Prescription lenses are not currently available

Standard Issue M Frame 2.0 Industrial

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One of the top sport and military Oakley frames – the M Frame (Linked here) has made a name for itself with its wide lens coverage. This single-visor lens helps to avoid blind spots, while the thin temple arms provide compatibility with over-ear hearing protection.

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Learn more in our complete Oakley M Frame guide and M Frame 2.0 review.

M Frame 2.0 Industrial Highlights:

  • Lens Mark: Z87+ / Z87+ Molded into the Frame
  • Temple Mark: UL AN/NZS 1337
  • Meets or exceeds high mass and high-velocity impact requirements per ANSI Z87.1-2003/2010
  • Meets or exceeds ballistic fragmentation impact standards per MIL PRF-31013, Clause 3.5.1.1.
  • Prescription Lenses Available

Standard Issue Det Cord Industrial

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If you’d prefer a full-frame design that still offers protection, take a look at the Det Cord (Linked here). One of the newest Oakley frames, the Det Cord, features a similar lifestyle design to the Gascan and Fuel Cell sunglasses. Plus, the industrial version of this frame meets all ANSI requirements.

Read more, including how they compare to the Gascan, in our complete Oakley Det Cord Guide.

Det Cord Industrial Highlights:

  • Lens Mark: Z87+ / Z87+ Molded into the Frame
  • Temple Mark: UL AN/NZS 1337
  • Lightweight O Matter™ frame material
  • Thin stem technology for comms compatibility
  • 8.75 base lens geometry with High Definition Optics (HDO)
  • Meets MIL-SPEC MIL PRF 32432
  • Prizm Lenses Available
  • Prescription Lenses Available

Standard Issue Tombstone Spoil Industrial

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If you prefer a rimless frame, look no further than the Tombstone (Linked here). Leveraging the large visor-lens similar to the M-Frame, this frame offers a more modern look while meeting Z87 protection standards. These are also a great frame to use at home for any hobbies or odd jobs.

Features

  • Lens Mark: Z87+ / Z87+ Molded into the Frame
  • Temple Mark: UL AN/NZS 1337
  • Thin Stem technology enables compatibility with over-ear hearing protection and comms
  • Switchlock Technology for easy lens swaps
  • 120-degree view with wrap-around peripheral vision coverage

Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Use Oakleys As Safety Glasses?

Yes, Oakleys can be used as safety glasses. But not all qualify as ANSI or OSHA-approved safety glasses.

While all Oakleys feature impact-resistant Plutonite lenses that exceed ANSI Z87.1 standards, this doesn’t mean every frame meets the standards for safety glasses.

To qualify as safety glasses, both the frame and lenses need to be ANSI Z87.1 stamped. You can find these markings on the temples of Oakleys that qualify. And these frames also work well as protective athletic eyewear for basketball, baseball, and other sports.

Are Oakley Holbrooks OSHA Approved?

No, Oakley Holbrooks are not OSHA, or ANSI approved as safety glasses. While Holbrook sunglasses are one of the most popular lifestyle frames from Oakley, they do not meet the standards of safety glasses.

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Are Oakley Glasses Bulletproof?

No, Oakley glasses and lenses are not bulletproof. But they do meet ANSI’s high-velocity impact protection standards for projectiles and debris.

This means Oakley lenses can withstand the impact of a 1/4 inch steel ball at 102mph!

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FAQs

Are Oakley OSHA approved? ›

Just be aware that although Oakleys are designed to ANSI Z87. 1 requirements (or better), they are not officially rated for OSHA standards.

Do Oakley sunglasses meet ANSI standards? ›

Oakley Safety Glasses - Free Shipping. All Oakley safety glasses and ballistic sunglasses bear the necessary ANSI Z87+ stamp for full industrial safety compliance (The Z87. 1 mark on the lens can be found near the top edge of the lens above the nose bridge, hidden by the brow of the frame).

What is the difference between Z87 and Z87 1? ›

The Z87+ markings on safety glasses and goggles indicate eyewear is compliant with ANSI Z87. 1 high impact and ANSI/ISEA Z87. 1 industrial safety standards for eye protection. Safety eyewear meeting these criteria is used in various industrial and personal applications.

What is the ANSI Z87 1 standard? ›

ANSI Z87. 1 classifies eye protection as impact- or non-impact-rated. Impact-rated eye protection must pass certain high-mass and high-velocity tests, and provide eye protection from the side. Impact-rated eye protection will have a plus symbol (+). Impact-rated flat lenses, for instance, will be marked “Z87+.”

How can u tell if Oakleys are fake? ›

Beware of an “O” on the Lens

But if the Oakley icon, either the rounded “O” or the square one is printed on the lens, they're big, fat fakes. Oakley doesn't put the icon on its standard non-prescription lenses, nor does it print on its lenses; any markings will be etched.

Do all safety glasses have to be stamped Z87? ›

1 marking. Yes, all safety glasses have to have the mark of Z87. let's see what does it mean. The marking you see on your safety glasses indicates specific safety rating of the eyewear, part of American National Standards Institute – ANSI Z87.

Can Oakley glasses be used as safety glasses? ›

The Oakley Safety collection provides industrial grade impact protection for the most heavy-duty jobs. Oakley's obsession with research and development has combined delivering Oakley style to safety glasses.

Are Oakleys good for safety glasses? ›

About 90 percent of Oakley glasses are not safety-approved. ANSI or any other standards organization has not certified that these pairs of glasses have sufficient impact resistance or are suited for challenging environments. If you need safety-approved glasses, therefore, you cannot purchase any of these pairs.

Are Oakley Z87 drop points? ›

All Oakley eyewear are tested to meet ANSI high velocity and high impact standards. However, please note that not all are marked as certified ANSI Z87.

Is Z87+ better than Z87 1? ›

For eyewear to pass, the lens and frames must remain intact. But what about if there's a “+” next to the Z87 marking? Z87+ means that the eyewear meets a higher impact standard and goes through a much tougher set of tests than Z87.

Is ANSI Z87+ the same as ANSI Z87 1? ›

Z87+ For work where there is, or may be, impact hazards your safety glasses must be stamped with a Z87+ marking. The Z87+ marking symbolizes that the glasses are Z87. 1 compliant and pass the remaining 3 tests.

Does ANSI Z87 1 require side shields? ›

No Side Shields. The answer is found in the type of frame your safety glasses have. ANSI Z87 safety-rated glasses with a sporty, wrap-around frame have sufficient coverage without side shields.

Are ANSI Z87 1 OSHA approved? ›

Financial ANSI Z87.

This is another popular option for safety eyewear. They meet the ANSI Z87. 1 standard for use in industrial applications, meaning they are OSHA approved.

How do I know if my safety glasses are OSHA approved? ›

All OSHA-approved safety glasses must have markings specified by the American National Standards Institute's ANSI Z87. 1-2010 standard on both the lenses and the frame of the eyewear piece. If the lenses are Impact Rated, they also should have the manufacturer's mark, followed by a "+" sign.

Who pays for your prescription lens safety glasses? ›

1. Does an Employer Have To Pay For Safety Glasses? Employers must provide proper eye protection and ensure that employees use it.

Do real Oakleys say Made in China? ›

While real deal Oakley glasses used to say 'Made in the USA', it is possible that some models might now say made in China. This is because the company was bought by Luxottica in 2007 and since then, the manufacturing of some products moved to different factories around the world including China.

Does Oakley have a lifetime warranty? ›

WHAT IS OAKLEY'S EYEWEAR WARRANTY? Oakley eyewear products are warranted for two years from the date of purchase against manufacturer's defects in material and workmanship. Warranty is only valid with a proof of purchase from an Authorized Oakley Dealer that clearly shows the purchase date.

What does Rx sticker mean on Oakley? ›

A: It means you can get Rx lenses and put them into the frame. The lenses like on most Oakley frames are removeable/replaceable. justin folk.

What does Z87+ mean on glasses? ›

Safety glasses and goggles that have passed impact testing required by ANSI Standard Z87. 1 are stamped “Z87.” Make sure your eye protection has this marking! “Z87+” indicates that the eyewear is even more protective, having passed more stringent high-velocity impact testing.

Do polycarbonate lenses meet ANSI Z87? ›

On the basis of the information which you have presented to us, OSHA has determined that your product, the Gleneagle spectacle with 2-mm thick polycarbonate plano lenses, does provide protection which meets all the requirements of ANSI Z87.

What does P's mean on safety glasses? ›

P: Manufacturer's mark. Z87: ANSI standard for Eye and Face protection devices. +: High Impact. H: Small Head Size. S: Special Purpose.

Can Oakley glasses be used as safety glasses? ›

The Oakley Safety collection provides industrial grade impact protection for the most heavy-duty jobs. Oakley's obsession with research and development has combined delivering Oakley style to safety glasses.

Are Oakley Half Jackets Z87 approved? ›

One of the granddaddies of ballistic certification, in a classic Oakley design found on battlefields and patrol streets worldwide. The Half Jacket 2.0 meets ANSI Z87. 1 standards and features interchangeable lenses depending on what kinda action you're getting into.

Are Oakley oil rigs Z87? ›

The Plutonite lens material filters out every ray of UV, and both impact protection and optical precision meet ANSI Z87. 1 standards.

Are Oakley Z87 drop points? ›

All Oakley eyewear are tested to meet ANSI high velocity and high impact standards. However, please note that not all are marked as certified ANSI Z87.

What does the Z87 on safety glasses mean? ›

Safety glasses and goggles that have passed impact testing required by ANSI Standard Z87. 1 are stamped “Z87.” Make sure your eye protection has this marking! “Z87+” indicates that the eyewear is even more protective, having passed more stringent high-velocity impact testing.

Are Oakley Flak 2.0 Z87 approved? ›

Thus, while other Oakley styles may surpass these standards, we cannot endorse this particular style as industrial safety glasses as they are not marked for ANSI Z87 compliance.

What's so special about Oakley? ›

Excellent lens technology

All Oakley sunglasses utilize high-definition optics (HDO) in their lenses. HDO lenses give you the sharpest, clearest and most accurate vision possible through sunglasses. This is crucial when participating in sports, which is why so many professional athletes wear Oakley sunglasses.

Are Oakley SI ANSI rated? ›

The Oakley SI Ballistic M Frame 2.0 surpasses ANSI Z87. 1 Industrial Standards for high-mass and high-velocity impact protection. The M Frame 2.0 additionally meets MIL SPEC MIL-PRF 31013.

Are Oakley Prizm lenses impact resistant? ›

All PRIZM lenses are made of Plutonite: Oakley's proprietary lens material. Plutonite is a high-grade polycarbonate material that is highly impact resistant.

Are Z87 glasses ballistic? ›

The civilian standard is ANSI Z87. 1 with a high-impact rating and ballistic specification. The U.S. Military standard includes MIL-PRF-31013. Eyewear that meets these standards is ballistic-rated.

Are Oakley lenses impact resistant? ›

Impact Protection

Oakley lenses are tested under extreme circumstances to guarantee uncompromising protection against high-mass and high-velocity impact that no other lens offers.

Are Oakley Flak Jackets safety rated? ›

Oakley Flak Jacket Sunglasses

All Oakley eyewear are tested to meet ANSI high velocity and high impact standards. However, please note that not all are marked as certified ANSI Z87.

Are Oakley lenses polycarbonate? ›

Plutonite, in basic terms, is a purified polycarbonate. A proprietary material by Oakley, Plutonite is used in all Oakley-made lenses. Impact and scratch resistance are similar to those of PC, but the clarity is far superior, rivaling that of the clearest optical glass available.

Are Oakley jawbreakers Z87? ›

Widely used by both runners and cyclists alike, the Jawbreakers are truly a multisport master. This lightweight yet durable performance sunglass features impact resistance and optical precision at the level of ANSI Z87.

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