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Oakleys as safety glasses?

Sounddragon

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Seeïng the Oakley impact resistance advertisement on the site, makes me come up with a interesting question.

Could/should I wear Oakleys as a substitute for safetyglasses? Here in the EU we are bound to wearing safetyglasses with EN166 certification, but these standards seem almost comparable with the impact resistance of Oakley-lenses. I have to wear (mostly dark) safetyglasses all day every day, but they suck, I would rather wear a pair of O's, duh!
Are there industries in the US that allow Oakley's as safetygear?
 

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Sounddragon

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My employer does not look any further than the 'EN166' logo missing on the frame and then waves me off back into the herd, insurance-issue and so on, you US guys know all about that.. The question is more like; could Oakley get these certified as safetywear? I mean; the specs and tests are there to prove it, why don't they play that field? More and more companies prescribe their staff to wear eye-safety wear, and it is a friggin' big market. I know that most safety glasses cost peanuts and that would be an issue, but I know a lot of people who would pay up to a hundred dollars for a nice pair of safetyglasses that get you through the days without a splitting headache around noon.
I tend to use Split Jackets for the occasions that it doesn't matter what exactly I wear, because they are strong and pretty light, plus I can adapt lenses in a minute if needed, such a concept with easily swappable lenses would be a great concept.
 

DrGnBld

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I work in construction and travel various sites and cover various materials. I wear my flak jackets to every single one of them and have never had an issue. Honestly, I feel safer with these than I do with any other safety lens I've previously worn. Just wish I had xlj lenses.
 

GRFMotorsports

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My employer does not look any further than the 'EN166' logo missing on the frame and then waves me off back into the herd, insurance-issue and so on, you US guys know all about that.. The question is more like; could Oakley get these certified as safetywear? I mean; the specs and tests are there to prove it, why don't they play that field? More and more companies prescribe their staff to wear eye-safety wear, and it is a friggin' big market. I know that most safety glasses cost peanuts and that would be an issue, but I know a lot of people who would pay up to a hundred dollars for a nice pair of safetyglasses that get you through the days without a splitting headache around noon.
I tend to use Split Jackets for the occasions that it doesn't matter what exactly I wear, because they are strong and pretty light, plus I can adapt lenses in a minute if needed, such a concept with easily swappable lenses would be a great concept.
If your employer and insurance says you have to wear a certain kind then I guess that's it. Yes, they could get them certified for that but its a lot more expensive than you think. In the current times of Lux (cut costs no matter what) it aint gonna happen.
 

Lexkempo

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Seeïng the Oakley impact resistance advertisement on the site, makes me come up with a interesting question.

Could/should I wear Oakleys as a substitute for safetyglasses? Here in the EU we are bound to wearing safetyglasses with EN166 certification, but these standards seem almost comparable with the impact resistance of Oakley-lenses. I have to wear (mostly dark) safetyglasses all day every day, but they suck, I would rather wear a pair of O's, duh!
Are there industries in the US that allow Oakley's as safetygear?
There are safety M frames... They're approved in Canada and (most likely) the USA ...bare they approved in the EU? Give it a look!

Edit: here's a link, ask Oakley EU about it?

INDUSTRIAL M FRAME®
 

Rustpot

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In the US we typically only need Z87 markings to get passed for safety glasses. Any of the "industrial" pairs Oakley sells are Z87 marked.

I wear my M Frames for all work conditions.
 

Sounddragon

Oakley Enthusiast
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There are safety M frames... They're approved in Canada and (most likely) the USA ...bare they approved in the EU? Give it a look!

Edit: here's a link, ask Oakley EU about it?

INDUSTRIAL M FRAME®

That is exactly what I meant.. it is there in the US, but nowhere to be found @ this side of the pond.

Did send a mail to Oakley EU, let's see what they can tell me about this.
 

real-OG

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That is exactly what I meant.. it is there in the US, but nowhere to be found @ this side of the pond.

Did send a mail to Oakley EU, let's see what they can tell me about this.

rumor is that Oakley is coming out with a safety stamped line to be released in R3 or possibly early next year
but you know how things are with releases getting pushed back or put on hold.
 

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