VSP contract laboratories are required to comply with ANSI standards for lens production. Effective 3/11/2020, certified safety eyewear is defined as lenses and frames that meet all of the following criteria (per ANSI Z87.1-2020 American National Standard Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protection Devices):
There are two categories of lenses in the new standard: Standard Safety and Impact-rated Safety.
Constructed so that if impacted from the front, lens will not come out the back of frame. All safety frames for prescription eyewear must be tested with 2.0mm Impact-rated lenses. Frames that meet the Impact-rated requirement must bear the mark Z87-2+, and may only be used for Impact-rated Safety applications. Frames marked Z87-2 (without the “+”) are for Standard Safety applications and may only be mounted with Standard Safety lenses.
The cost of frame side shields should be added to the wholesale cost of the frame and indicated in the Frame Cost box on Eyefinity or the Materials Invoice form by the doctor or laboratory.