||Stakeholders Invited to Develop Sports Eyewear Performance Standard
Members of the sports eyewear industry are invited to develop
a new standard for sports eyewear with a task group of ASTM Subcommittee
F08.57 on Eye Safety for Sports, part of Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities.
Users, designers, performance engineers, manufacturers, retail
salespersons, and others are sought to devise standard requirements
for protective eyewear designated for golf, mountain biking, mountaineering,
and similar activities.
The task group will focus on the performance of medium/high impact
sunglasses, eyeglasses, or eyewear often worn during these activities,
according to optical engineer Dale Pfriem, president, ICS Laboratories,
Brunswick, Ohio, and task group chairman.
Pfriem said a measure of product robustness and impact performance
is needed between the fashion/casual eyewear addressed in American
National Standards Institute Z80.3 Nonprescription Sunglasses
and Fashion Eyewear - Requirements, and the high-impact sports
eyewear addressed in ASTM F 803, Standard Specification for Eye Protectors for Selected Sports.
The ANSI Z80.3 standard requires only the basic-level FDA drop
ball test (5/8 in. steel ball at 50 in.), Pfriem said. This
imparts an impact of 0.2 joules on the eyewear lens. The ASTM
F 803 standard utilizes either a tennis ball, racquetball, baseball,
etc., per the designated sport. All in all, the minimum impact
imparted in testing is on the order of 19 joules (squash ball).
As can be readily seen, the difference in impact protection and
designed product robustness as assessed by the two standards is
far apart. Although high-impact protectors such as those specified
in ASTM F 803 are recommended for tennis, Pfriem noted that the
established practice is to wear performance sunwear by popular
designers that is more stylish and less cumbersome than goggle-type
eyewear specified in ASTM F 803. Many of these products far exceed
the robustness requirements of ANSI Z80.3, he said, but cannot
possibly pass the rigorous requirements of ASTM F 803. The proliferation
of performance sunglasses on the market that are worn during
medium/high impact sports, as well as the recognized need for
eye protection in these activities, created the need for the proposed
For further information, contact Dale Pfriem, ICS Laboratories, 1072 Industrial Pkwy. N., Brunswick, OH 44212
(330/220-0515; fax: 330/220-0516). Committee F08 meets Nov. 14-17
in Orlando, Fla. For meeting or membership details, contact Staff
Manager Jim Olshefsky, ASTM (610/832-9714). //
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