High visibility safety apparel is a crucial and often necessary part of any business’ safety program. Whether you are working outside or in a warehouse with forklift traffic establishing a high visibility apparel program will keep your works as well as the general public safe.
There are four classes of garments specified in ANSI/ISEA 107-2010 standard that are based on the wearers activities. Below is a breakdown on the different specifications, which will aid in choosing your work place standards.
- Provide the highest level of conspicuity for workers.
- Intended for workers with high task loads where traffic exceeds 50 mph.
- The standard recommends these garments for all roadway construction personnel, vehicle operators, utility workers, survey crews, emergency responders, railway workers and accident site investigators.
- These garments have the greatest visibility of the three classes. Must have sleeves with retro reflective material between the shoulders and elbow.
- The width of the retroreflective material shall not be less than 50mm wide.
- Garment is for workers who work near roadways where traffic exceeds 25 mph and need greater visibility in inclement weather.
- The standard recommends this garments for individuals in the following industries: railway workers, school crossing guards, parking and toll gate personnel, airport ground crews and law enforcement personnel directing traffic.
- This garment has superior visibility and provides more conspicuity than the Class 1 garments. The minimum width of the retroreflective material used on these is no less than 35mm.
- Recommended for workers where traffic does not exceed 25 mph and there is ample separation from the traffic.
- These workers typically are parking service attendants, warehouse workers in equipment traffic, shopping cart retrievers and those doing sidewalk maintenance.
- This garment needs to be conspicuous and use retro reflective materials no less than 25mm in width.
- When hi-visibility pants are worn without other ANSI 107 compliant garments, they are considered Class E.
- When pants are added to Class 2 or 3 vests or coats the ensemble is considered a Class 3 classification.
The four classes of garments are differentiated by the requirements for amounts of retro reflective material that needs to meet specified performance criteria, the width and placement of the material, design and the color of vest used.
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