Q: Will regular sunglasses or prescription eyeglasses work as safety glasses?
A: Regular sunglasses and prescription glasses are not rated for impact resistance for flying hazards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) develops and enforces safety regulations in the workplace. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) develops and promotes voluntary industry standards for products, services, and processes. Look for frames and lens that are ANSI Z87.1 approved. You can pick up approved safety glasses with side shields for around $5.00 – $10.00. For more information regarding safety in the workplace go to OSHA.gov.