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Eye/Face Protection

A proposed new ASTM International standard will be used to test the propensity of athletic eye and face protection to fog during a sporting event. When such devices fog, athletes may remove them temporarily or not wear them at all, thus risking serious eye injury.

The proposed new standard, WK36802, Test Method for Resistance to Fogging for Eye and Face Protection Devices, is being developed by Subcommittee F08.57 on Eye Safety for Sports, part of ASTM International Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities.

The proposed standard would test a complete eye/face protection device (eyewear and frames) in the as-worn position under a variety of environmental conditions that would simulate an athletic event.

“The main benefit of WK36802 will be to have a method to analyze and rate devices that are labeled ‘fog resistant’ or ‘anti-fog protection,’” says John Mackie, “For users, having protection that they don’t have to remove due to fogging or reapply regularly would prevent injury.”

While the task group developing WK36802 is currently working primarily with paintball and airsoft eye protection devices, the proposed standard could also potentially include eye protection for field and ice hockey, football, lacrosse and other sports.

All interested parties are invited to take part in the ongoing development of WK36802.

CONTACT Technical Information: John Mackie, Fosta-Tek Optics Inc. • Leominster, Mass. • Phone: 978-534-6511, ext. 117 | ASTM Staff: Rick Lake • Phone: 610-832-9689 | Upcoming Meeting: Nov. 14-16 • November Committee Week • Atlanta, Ga.

This article appears in the issue of Standardization News.