ANSI Regulations and Apparel

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Per ANSI/ISEA’s February 2016 High Visibility Clothing standard update, the ANSI/ISEA 107 High Visibility Safety Apparel and the ANSI/ISEA 207 Public Safety Vest standards have been combined into one, and additional garment types and regulations now apply.

The following garment types now apply:

Type O: Designed for off-roadway use where there is no highway traffic, nor any temporary traffic control zones.

Type R: Designed for occupational day or night visibility improvement for workers that are exposed to the roadway from highway rights of way, temporary traffic control areas or work/construction areas.

Type P: Designed for occupational day or night visibility improvement for public safety personnel. This would cover the same areas where Type R would apply, but for fire, police and medical personnel.

Additional 2016 standard update regulations:

  • Leg gaiters will be considered Class E compliant so long as the background and reflective material meet ANSI requirements. This allows workers to pair a gaiter with a Class 2 top and the whole ensemble will be considered Class 3 compliant.
  • Type R garments can be made in size Small.
  • Garment labels must now designate whether or not the garment is flame resistant as well as display the garment type and class.
Best used
when worker:
  • Is near traffic traveling 25 to 30 mph
  • Is in inclement weather
  • May divert his attention from traffic
Best used
when worker:
  • Is near traffic traveling in excess of 50 mph
  • Must be conspicuous through full range of motion
  • Must focus attention on work, not traffic
ML Kishigo ANSI Class 2 Mesh Zip-Closure Safety Vest, Lime | Item # KS1085 ANSI Class 3 Vest, Velcro Closure, Lime with Silver | Item # AW62
ANSI Class 2
1 Retroreflective material must be at least 1-3/8"W
2 Background material of at least 775"²
3 Horizontal retroreflective strip is more than 2" from bottom of garment
4 Shoulder retroreflective strip provides 180° visibility and defines the human form
ANSI Class 3
1 Retroreflective material must be at least 2"W
2 Background material of at least 1240"²
3 Horizontal retroreflective strip is more than 2" from bottom of garment
4 Shoulder retroreflective strip provides 180° visibility and defines the human form
5 Top arm band placed between elbow and shoulder
What is Class E?
Class E garments use fluorescent fabric and some retroreflective material, but do not meet any of the ANSI class requirements when worn alone. However, when worn with a vest, jacket or other Class 2 compliant garment, the entire outfit can then be classified as a Class 3 ensemble. Pants, rain pants, gaiters, shorts and bibs are typical Class E garment styles.
ML Kishigo ANSI Class E Mesh Pants, Lime | Item # KS3118
Which reflective material is the best?
Both silver reflective and prismatic materials meet the ANSI/ISEA 107-2010 High Visibility Standard, and both are retro-reflective – light from traffic is reflected from the safety tape back to the drivers, allowing them to see roadside workers sooner and at greater distances. Silver Reflective SILVER REFLECTIVE
  • Ultimate flexibility
  • Lightweight
Prismatic PRISMATIC
  • Superior wet weather performance
  • Abrasion resistant
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