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Oakley Safety Glasses That Meet ANSI Z87.1

Find out which Oakleys qualify as safety glasses and meet ANSI z87.1  and OSHA standards so you can protect your eyes!

Whether you’re working on a dirty job site or in the field where you need to expect the unexpected, you’ll want a pair of safety glasses that not only shield your eyes but actually protects them! We’ll walk through the most popular Oakley safety glasses and how you know if they meet ANSI and OSHA standards.

What are ANSI Z87.1 Standards?

Before we jump into the specific frames, let’s talk about what the 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.

Now the reason you’re likely reading this is guide is that 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 (the official name) basically states that the glasses you’re buying will protect your eyes in potentially harmful situations as required by OSHA.

Are Oakleys ANSI Z87.1 Certified?

While Oakley advertises the high impact resistance and quality of its lenses and glasses, not every pair is ANSI certified as work safety glasses.

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

And depending on your workplaces’ strictness, this could definitely matter.

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

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 explain the top Oakley safety glasses that are certified to meet ANSI Z87.1 and OSHA standards!


Are Prescription Safety Glasses available?

Yes, all of the glasses outlined in our guide below are also available with prescription lenses. Though you may need to look at aftermarket providers as they are not currently available through the Oakley/Oakley SI websites.

Be sure to also check out our complete Oakley Prescription Guide for more information.

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 chemical-resistant O Matter frames and meet EN166 standards.

We’ve covered the full Oakley PPE line in our dedicated guide as well!

Top Oakley Safety Glasses with ANSI Z87.1 Certification

Unfortunately, at the time of writing, none of the glasses available directly from Oakley.com have both stamped frames and lenses per the ANSI Z87.1 requirements.

In 2020, Oakley began offering ANSI Z87.1 certified pairs through their website, in addition to new PPE pairs which are EN166 certified. 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 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

Oakley M Frame 3.0
Oakley Industrial M Frame 3.0 PPE

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 along are one of the first pairs to escape the SI lock and key.


  • 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 not currently available

SI M Frame 3.0 with Gasket PPE

Oakley PPE Glasses EN166
SI M Frame 3.0 with Gasket PPE

Another pair now available through Oakley.com as well as Standard Issue, the SI M Frame 3.0 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.


  • 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 not currently available

Standard Issue M Frame 2.0 Industrial

Oakley SI M frame 2.0 Industrial with ANSI Z87.1 certification
Oakley SI M frame 2.0 Industrial with Clear Lens

One of Oakley’s top sport and military frames – the M Frame has made a name for itself with it’s wide lens coverage and single visor-type lens to avoid blindspots.


  • 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
  • Prescription Lenses Available

Standard Issue Det Cord Industrial

Oakley SI Det Cord Industrial with Clear Lens and ANSI Z87.1 certification
Oakley SI Det Cord Industrial with Clear Lens

If you’d prefer a full frame design that still offers protection, take a look at the Det Cord. One of the newer frames on the scene, they are a similar design to the lifestyle Gascan/Fuel Cells.

And if you’re wondering how they compare to the ever-popular Gascans, check out the complete discussion here.


  • 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 HDO®
  • Meets MIL-SPEC MIL PRF 32432
  • Prizm Lenses Available
  • Prescription Lenses Available

Standard Issue Tombstone Spoil Industrial

Oakley SI Tombstone Spoil Industrial with Clear Lens
Oakley SI Tombstone Spoil Industrial with Clear Lens

If you prefer a rimless frame, look no further than the Tombstone. Leveraging the large visor-lens similar to the M-Frame, this frame offers a more modern look while meeting Z87 protection standards.


  • 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

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What does Oakley offer as safety glasses. I know most if not all lenses now are Z87.1 OSHA approved but I need something more like safety glasses. I’m a construction guy so that’s why they need to be more “safety” conscious. And they must be available in a clear lense as well. Oh! I do prefer something a bit stylish, not just a typical black frame. Blah. Thanks

I wear m-frames(new) with a clear lense

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Naperville, IL
I do HVAC and I use an old pair of Gascan's I put Oakley Titanium Clear lenses into. the lenses were on sale for 12 dollars a pair a few years ago on the Oakley vault website so i bought like 6 pairs.

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Last of the cowboys
New castle
Did you see my Holbrook lense vid. I'm saying there all safety glasses. But ballistic m frame comes to mind

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M Frame 2.0 or M Frame 3.0. They have tan and grey frames. They are great safety glasses and would be perfect for construction. You can check Oakleysi.com for standard issue and see what military and police use.


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Not any lense works for safety glasses. Z87.1 has to be stamped.

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Oakley claims their entire line meets ANSI Z87 for testing (high speed impact, etc...) but unless the frame is stamped, you have to assume they don't meet Z87 as it was never certified. The proper Z87.1 certification requires the frame AND lenses to be stamped. I have some UVEX Hyper Shock safety sunglasses and ESS 5B, and their frames are molded with Z87+ and the lenses are laser etched/stamped with the Z87 coding (Manuf code, Z87+, L3, U#, etc...)

Not only that, but the MIL-PRF-32432 protection level for Class 1 spectacles tests to kinetic energy that is over 6 times greater than Z87+ high speed impact. Z87+ requires a small BB to be fired at a decent speed, while MIL-PRF-32432 requires a FSP blast fragmentation pellet to be fired at much higher speeds. This test will punch a hole through most Z87+ compliant lenses, if it doesn't shatter the lens and frame. APEL requires MIL-PRF-32432 but also adds requirements for other stuff (the array case, cleaning solution/wipes, etc...)

I noticed a long time ago that Oakley's regular line of lenses (e.g. Flak) was thinner than M Frames, and that the Iridium coated M Frame lenses were thinner than the non-Iridium M Frame 2.0/3.0 ballistic lenses. I thought it was my imagination at first. ESS's APEL line of Crossbow lenses are extremely thick (2.2mm) as are UVEX's Genesis (also on the APEL list).

Oakley's Det Cords, Shock Tube, and M Frame 2.0/3.0/Alpha appear to be ballistic rated and carry the Z87+ frame molding, but my Det Cords don't have the Z87 stamping on the lenses, therefore they can be classified as Oakley Safety Glasses. I noticed my M Frame 2.0 lenses do not have the etchings either, but the M Frame 3.0 do have Z87 laser etched on the top (covered by the frame). The Det Cord "Industrial Z87 Stamped" lenses have an ungainly Z87 marking on the bottom, and I am not sure why Oakley does this because the ESS 5B has them laser etched very inconspicuously on the sides of the lenses (totally visible to a safety supervisor but not in your way).

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I’ve seen on some used pairs of the m frames, the seller stating there’s cracks. Now is this a common thing.