ISEA is the trade association for manufacturers of eye and face protection equipment.

Members of the group design, manufacture and market a complete line of equipment to protect the eyes and face of people in occupational and educational settings, including plano and prescription safety glasses, goggles, face shields, welding helmets, and facepiece or hooded respirators.  Use of eye and face protection is required by OSHA and other government regulations, using equipment that meets ANSI (in the US) or other national or international standards.

ISEA members have a seat at the table when standards are being written that affect their products; they get a first look at changes in standards, they influence the development of new standards, and they are kept informed of developments on standards around the world. ISEA is the secretariat for the ANSI Z87 committee and publisher of the ANSI/ISEA Z87.1 standard, and is represented on other national and international standards committees and panels. The group is actively working on a new standard for bio-protective eyewear.

ISEA gives members a full-time Washington office. They are kept up to date on important developments affecting their companies, and are identified with a respected and responsible organization that is an advocate for eye and face protection standards and regulations. ISEA works with OSHA and other agencies to promote adoption of voluntary consensus standards in regulation.

ISEA members use the association to learn from each other, and work together to improve markets. Information services are tuned to member companies’ needs. ISEA members participate in a market data program that tracks quarterly sales of spectacles, goggles, faceshields and welding helmets. This data is available exclusively to participating companies. The group is also working on a revised Use and Selection Guide for eye and face protection equipment, to reflect current standards and regulation.

In addition to bringing companies together in the Eye and Face Protection Group, ISEA membership is a link to the larger world of safety equipment, both in the U.S. and around the world. Companies receive regular bulletins and reports on standards, government policies and proposals, and market intelligence. They participate in the association’s annual Executive Summit and Fall Meeting, where the industry comes together to share information and insight. Members’ products are listed in the searchable online Buyers Guide, and promoted in the quarterly Protection Update newsletter.

For more than 75 years, ISEA has set the standard for personal safety equipment manufacturers, supporting and promoting the business interests of its member companies, united in the goal of protecting the health and safety of people worldwide.

Eye and Face Protection Standards

American National Standard from ISEA

  • ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2015 – Occupational and Educational Eye and Face Protection Devices

ISEA is also represented on the following standards committee and panels:

  • ANSI Z49 – Safety in Welding and Cutting
  • ANSI Z10 – Committee on Occupational Health and Safety Systems
  • ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel
  • ASTM E54 – Committee on Homeland Security Applications
  • CSA Z94.3 – Technical Committee on Eye Protection
  • US Technical Advisory Group to ISO TC94 – Technical Committee for Personnel Safety, SC 6 Eye and Face Protection