New Hi-Viz Standards
In a world of light up billboards, text message alerts and of course Pokemon running rampant on the street, now more than ever, workers need to be wearing up to date high visibility gear. Here is a brief overview of the new standards that were implemented at the beginning of this year what to look for when shopping for vests and why it matters to you.
"ANSI/ISEA 107-2015" is the new basic guideline on minimum requirements here is a brief overview
- Garment Types. Different situations have now been broken into different garment types
- Type R garments for roadway construction and temporary traffic control
- Type O is for off-road and non-roadway use
- Type P garments are for public safety activities
- Minimum material requirements for vests are listed below
- All pants, overalls and now gators are within supplemental items still as class 3 and require 465in squared background material, 109in squared retroreflective material, and a minimum of 2in width bands.
- Also, there is now an exception for the manufacturer's smallest size they offer. Only requiring 540 sq in of background material (opposed to the 775 sq in for all other sizes).
- Minimum material requirements for accessory items such as arm bands and head wear.
- Headwear is now classified as an accessory instead of being in a separate performance class.
- There are no longer reflective performance levels (class 1, 2) there is now just a single reflective performance standard.
- All garments nor meeting the flame resistant requirements found in Sec. 10.5 must clearly state "This garment is not flame-resistant as defined by ANSI/ISEA 107-2015 Section 10.5"
Please Note that anything that you have purchased from Road-Tech within the last year still meets or exceeds these new standards (minus the updated tag).
More than half or an estimated 60% of all road construction fatalities between 1995 and 2010 "were the result of workers being struck by vehicles or mobile equipment."-Bureau of Labor Statistics. One of the most effective and affordable safety measures any company can implement is simply ensuring that their workers have clean, proper, and up-to-date vests.
So with these new standards in place ensure that you are shopping with a reputable dealer(like Road-Tech) and look for “ANSI/ISEA 107-2015” and “Type R Performance Class 3” Compliant.