Quality and certification
Products tested and certified
The Bollé Tactical range has been designed, tested and certified to be fully compliant with American standard ANSI* Z87.1-2010 (high resistance to the most extreme impacts). It also meets ballistics standards GL-PD 10-12, MIL-PRF-31013, MIL-DTL-43511D and MIL-PRF-32432 defined by the United States Department of Defense.
* American National Standards Institute
MIL - PRFMIL is an evolving American military standard: Mil - PRF - 31013 (1996) and Mil 43511D (2006) were replaced by GL-PD-10-12 (2010), which will then be revised and transformed into MIL-PRF-32432 in 2013.
These military standards specify criteria with which products must comply in terms of eye protection. These criteria concern in particular ballistic protection, optical qualities, product durability, etc.
The MIL standard which is used as a reference standard by many countries.
STANAG 2920 & 4296
This standard concerns bulletproof materials and combat clothing. In the case of Bollé Tactical, goggles and glasses are subjected to impact tests using projectiles simulating ballistic fragments.
All the tests allow to calculate a V50 corresponding to the speed at which the projectile has a 50% chance to perforate the material. The value of the V50 varies according to the nature of the materials and therefore the colour of the lenses.
The STANAG 4296 marking guarantees the ballistic resistance defined by STANAG 2920 but also incorporates certain use criteria (comfort, fog reduction, scratch resistance, etc.) and criteria relating to the general appearance (brightness, compatibility with other equipment, etc.).
The Z87.1 2003 standard previously classified personal protectors as “basic or high impact” devices. In the ANSI Z87.1-2010 standard, personal protectors are rated as either “impact” or “non-impact” protectors. To be considered an impact protector, the device must meet the high velocity and high mass tests. Once these devices have passed the test, they will carry the Z87+ stamp on both the frame or lens housing and lens. Additionally, prescription products meeting this requirement will carry the marking Z87-2+. Non-impact protectors (those that do not pass all high-impact testing) will be designated only as Z87 (not to include the + sign).
Spectral transmittance categories have been expanded to allow matching and selection of filters for radiation hazards in greater specificity than the previous standard.
Dust-The new standard has expanded to assist users in identifying specific protectors that may be appropriate for the hazard. The following markings indicate the hazard. D3-Liquid Splash, D4-dust, D5-fine dust. This rating will be marked on the lens and the frame of the approved device.
Bollé Tactical offers a wide range of safety eyewear with optical markings specific to each risk and type of activity.What is the assessment of occupational hazards?
Assessment of occupational hazards involves identifying and ranking hazards in the workplace to implement relevant protective measures. It is the initial step in occupational health and safety. It is essential to check adequacy between product markings and standards markings.
Brief Overview of the ANSI Z87.1-2010 Standard
On April 13, 2010 the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) announced a new edition of the ANSI/ISEA Z87.1 standard. The new edition titled, “American National Standards Institute for Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protective Devices” updates the previous version, Z87.1-2003.
Significant Changes to the Standard
The new standard is hazard based requiring employers to select protective devices based upon the workplace. This is a change compared to the 2003 standard, which focused on the protector type. Specific evaluation is now required for workplace hazards such as impact, optical radiation, droplet and splash, dust and fine dust particles. As the 2010 standard is radically different, the product markings have changed. Users will need education on matching the hazard that they need protection from with the marking on the product.
|TYPE OF MARK||DESCRIPTION||MARKING|
|Impact||Impact Rated Plano
Impact Rated Prescription
Visible Light Filter
W and Shade Number (Shades range from 1.3 to 14 - the higher the number the darker the lens)
U and Scale Number (Scale ranges from 2 to 6 - the higher the number the highest protection from far and near UV)
L and Scale Number (Scale ranges from 1.3 to 10 - lower numbers providing greater light transmittance)
R and Scale Number (Scale ranges from 1.3 to 10)
|Use||Splash / Droplet