Ageing Eyes Pose a Work Hazard

Our eyes are very complex, yet we often take for granted that our vision will be perfect as we age. The reality is that undiagnosed visual problems may potentially put us and others in danger. Workers aged over 40 face increased safety risks as an age-related condition called presbyopia affects their eyesight.

The Importance of Prescription Safety Glasses

Any job that involves airborne particles or hazardous substances carries a risk of eye injury. The eye is extremely delicate and permanent vision loss can result from a relatively minor injury.

Australian Work Health & Safety Regulations 2011 Summary (Excerpt)

It's an employer's duty to provide suitable protective clothing and equipment to employees.

"The person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) who directs the carrying out of work must provide the personal protective equipment to workers at the workplace, unless the personal protective equipment has been provided by another person conducting a business or undertaking".

This applies if personal protective equipment is to be used to minimise a risk to health and safety in relation to work at a workplace.

Penalties in not complying:

In the case of an individual...................................................................................................................$6,000

In the case of a body corporate...........................................................................................................$30,000

Penalties in the instance of death or serious injury:

In the case of an individual ................................................................................................$300,000 to $600,000
or 5 years imprisonment or BOTH

New Zealand Health & Safety at Work Act 2015 Summary (Excerpt)

The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) requires PCBUs (persons conducting a business or undertaking) to take all reasonably practicable actions to eliminate or minimise risks to the health and safety of workers (and others that may be at risk from the work being done). This includes protecting people's eyes.

You, the PCBU must provide all necessary PPE (including eye protection) for your workers. You cannot pass the cost of providing eye protection to your workers, or make them provide their own. Workers may choose to provide their own but you must make sure it offers suitable protection.

You must engage with your workers before you make decisions or propose changes that may affect their health or safety. This includes consulting with them about what types of eye protection to provide.


The aforementioned requirements include the provision of prescription safety eyewear. In order to be compliant with these requirements, it is not enough to simply supply some protective shields and/or plastic lenses to staff. Protective prescription eyewear must comply with the AS/NZS 1337.6 standard.

PSG safety frames are manufactured to standards exceeding those of regular ophthalmic frames. Each frame model in the PSG range meets the Australian / New Zealand requirements of AS/NZS 1337.6 & AS/NZS 1337.1.

PSG is licensed to manufacture prescription safety eyewear under SAI Lic# SMKH21382.

AS/NZS 1337.6:2012

Personal eye protection - Prescription eye protectors against low and medium impact

This Standard specifies minimum requirements for eye protectors fitted with prescription lenses intended to provide low or medium impact eye protection from flying particles and fragments in occupational situations.

It does not apply to eye protectors in which the prescription lenses are fitted behind plano protective lenses. These are covered by AS/NZS 1337.1.

Prescription eye protectors complying with this Standard are intended to give both impact protection and prescribed refractive correction of vision.

For protection from hazards other than low or medium impact, appropriate protection as recommended in AS/NZS 1336 should also be worn covering the prescription eyewear, e.g. dust, splashing materials, molten materials, harmful gases, vapours or aerosols, high energy flying particles or fragments.

These are covered in AS/NZS 1337.1. Requirements for protection from sources of optical radiation, other than the sun, are covered in AS/NZS 1338, Parts 1 to 3.

The Australian and New Zealand standard AS/NZS 1337.6 Prescription Eye Protection against low and medium impact specifies minimal requirement for the appliance to withstand the impact of a 6.35mm steel ball at a velocity of 40mps.

AS/NZS 1337.1

Personal eye protection - Eye and face protectors for occupational applications

This Standard specifies minimum requirements for non-prescription eye and face protectors and associated oculars.

They are designed to provide protection for the eyes and faces of persons against common occupational hazards such as flying particles and fragments, dusts, splashing materials and molten metals, harmful gases, vapours and aerosols.

The aim of this Standard is to assist in the provision of safe, efficient and comfortable vision in the occupational situation, including consideration of the need for protection against sun glare and optical radiation in the natural environment.

The Standard does not apply to filter oculars for protection against optical radiations generated by industrial processes, which are dealt with in AS/NZS 1338.

PSG Standards Mark Licence.

COMPLIANCE VS CERTIFIED

Compliant means that product fully adheres to the requirements of the Standard, so we complete internal testing and the process adhering to standards in the same way as certified, however this product range is not tested by a third party.

Certification means that your product has actually been certified to be in conformance (compliance) with all the requirements of the standard by a third party. In essence, certification is proof of a basic compliance claim. Being certified should be seen as a step above just being compliant, because certification is provided by a third-party entity.

How PSG Can Help
PSG frames are certified and manufactured to prescription ranges that accomodate approximately 90% of the population. In saying this, PSG also offers product 'compliant' to the Standard outside of certified prescription ranges through our fully certified laboratory.

Contact PSG Customer service or your Business Development Manager for further information

PSG CERTIFIED SAFETY EYEWEAR

PSG is licensed to manufacture certified prescription safety eyewear under SAI Standards Mark License SMKH21382.

PSG has the largest range of prescription safety eyewear in Australia with more than 22 frame models listed on the AS/NZS 1337.6 Standards Schedule as Certified.

All PSG products are supplied with a written certificate of compliance to AS/NZS 1337.6 & AS/NZS 1337.1, manufactured under ISO 9001 QA system and covered by an $20,000,000 Product Liability Insurance Policy.

For more information on the SAI Global Infostore standards website please click on the following links:

NATA RATED BALLISTIC CANNON IN SERVICE

As part of our QA system, PSG uses a 2 barrel .25/.15 cal NATA rated Ballistic Cannon. This instrument is used to impact test a random 1% sampling of completed Prescription Safety Glasses, as part of our ongoing Testing.

All PSG prescription safety eyewear undergoes an extensive quality control process before being shipped as a completed item to either the PSG Optometry Agent, or a designated workplace address.

Contact Us