In many jobs Wearing a high visibility and/or reflective safety vests is a requirement. While some occupations do not require people to wear reflective safety vests, being easily seen by motorist or co-workers is never a bad thing. A reflective safety vest is essential for Construction workers (road and building), Flaggers, Crossing Guards, Police, Fire and Emergency First Responders, Oil refinery, airline and transportation workers and surveyors.
What Type of Traffic Safety Vest Should be Used?
Developed in June 1999 by the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) and published by the American National Standards Institute, Inc. (ANSI) a standard known as ANSI/ISEA 107-1999 set forth the standard for the design and performance of “High Visibility Safety Apparel”. This standard was then modified in 2004 to the current standard known as 107-2004.
The standard is based on years of testing and evaluation of both reflective and fluorescent materials to determine what will provide the greatest visibility of the wearers and make them easier to be seen. Studies indicate that people who are wearing an ANSI 107 compliant apparel (vest or T-shirt) are much less likely to be injured or killed by moving vehicles or equipment than those who are wearing non compliant apparel. This dramatic increase in safety has led many regulatory bodies such as the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to begin requiring all workers on ANY federally funded roadway to wear ANSI 107-2004 compliant apparel. This new requirement affects virtually every organization that has personnel on America’s roadways.
What is the ANSI 107-2004 Classifications for Safety Vests?
Class 1: These vests have the least amount of high-visibility background material, the minimum reflective material and are generally reserved for low-risk situations, such as supermarket cart attendants and indoor workers in good light. They are not recommended in situations near traffic.
Class 2: These vests have more high-visibility background material, almost 30% more reflective material and afford significantly more visibility than Class 1 vests. The higher performance of a Class 2 reflective vest is critical in conditions where traffic speed is an issue, where visibility is poor and/or where it can be difficult for drivers to differentiate the wearer from a complex background. Crowd security, warehouse and airline workers, most non-traffic construction workers, crossing guards and some emergency responders are sufficiently protected by Class 2 reflective safety vests.
Class 3: These contain the highest amount of more high-visibility background material, the most reflective material reflective material and are used in areas where heavy traffic and high speed are likely. They are also excellent in areas where low light and/or adverse weather is common. Flaggers and roadway construction crews should be given only Class 3 reflective safety vests.
What about Logos and Custom Vest Lettering?
Unique logo's and special lettering can be added to any safety vest.
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