Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Protect Workers with ANSI approved reflective safety vests

Do your employees work near vehicular traffic? Then they must wear high visibility clothing so that they can be seen by motorists. The ANSI/ISEA 107-2004 standard is the first uniform, authoritative guide for the design, performance specifications, and use of high-visibility and reflective clothing for employees. This standard was modeled after the European standard EN471 by ANSI (American National Standards Institute) and ISEA (International Safety Equipment Association).

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration have recently taken a greater interest in high visibility clothing and the work situations in which it should be worn. There have been organizations that have already been cited under 29CFR 1910.132 for not having their workers wear clothing that ensured their conspicuity and/or visibility. In the citations, OSHA named compliance with the ANSI/ISEA 107-2004 standard for high-visibility safety clothing as a method to ensure visibility of workers from all directions under Nighttime construction has heightened the probability that workers will be struck by a motor vehicle. Crews working between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. are three times more likely to be struck, and 25% of all fatal accidents occur during this time period.

ANSI-compliant, Class II Reflective Wear
Contrasting colors provide exceptional visibility for added safety

Carhartt High Visibility ANSI Class II vest has 100% polyester mesh front and back for cooler comfort. Lime green color vest features 2"-wide, silver reflective stripes over 4-1/2"-wide, contrasting orange stripes for extreme visibility. Inside features a 6-division, two-tier pencil pocket and lower patch pocket. Front, metal zipper closure. Machine washable, imported.


On November 24, 2008 Federal Rule 23 CFR 634 goes into effect. In summary it states that anyone working in the right-of-way of a federal-aid highway must be wearing high-visibility clothing that meets the requirements of ANSI/ISEA 107-2004 edition class 2 or 3. This rule affects all workers including emergency responder's.

Class 1- When workers are well separated from traffic less than 25 mph • Parking Lot Attendants • Shopping Cart Retrievers • Warehouse Workers • Roadside/Sidewalk Maintenance Workers • Delivery Vehicle Drivers

Class 2 - When workers are on or near roadways 25 to 50 mph • Roadway Construction Workers • Utility Workers Survey Crews • Law Enforcement Personnel• School Crossing Guards • High-volume Parking Lot or Toll-gate Personnel • Airport baggage handlers and ground crews • Railway Workers • Emergency Response Personnel • Accident Site Investigator. Workers should be wearing Carhartt High Visibility ANSI Class II Vest

Class 3 - When workers are in high-risk situations. It allows them to be seen from a minimum distance of 1,280 feet. Roadways exceeds 50 mph • Roadway Construction Workers • Utility Workers • Survey Crews • Emergency Response Personnel

PLEASE NOTE: Not all garments sold on our website www.workwear1.com are ANSI classed. If the Item # does not begin with "A" and does not contain C2 or C3 within the Item # then it is a non-classified garment and does NOT meet any Federal or State Regulations.

Written By: Mike Girolami, President of WorkWear1, www.workwear1.com, a Local Distributor of Carhartt Clothing, Redford MI

1 comment:

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