Tuesday, January 6, 2009

WHAT IS ANSI?

ANSI stand for American National Standards Institute, and the ISEA stands for International Safety Equipment Association, jointly developed a standard for high visibility clothing that is patterned after the EN-471 standard used in Europe. ANSI and the ISEA are not government agencies, so this standard is really a suggested standard for everyone to look at and choose to adopt on their own. Many of the states are looking at the standard and some are adopting it, or some variation of it.

The standard covers many details used in the construction of high visibility garments. Fabric, quality, color, labeling, fading, reflective, quality and quantity, suggested styles, background material quantity (the orange or yellow part), shrinkage and cleaning are all discussed and specified in the standard.

The standard raises the bar for high visibility apparel. There are 5 main classes of apparel. Each state and/or local government has adopted a specification. Here is a brief overview of each class:

ANSI Class 1 - 217 square inches of visible fluorescent background material, usually orange or lime/yellow, and 155 square inches of visible reflective material.

ANSI Class PSV – 450 square inches of visible fluorescent background, usually orange or lime/yellow and 201 square inches of visible reflective material.

ANSI Class 2 – 775 square inches of visible fluorescent background material usually orange or lime/yellow and 201 square inches of visible material.

ANSI Class 3 – 1240 square inches of visible fluorescent background materials, usually orange or lime/yellow and 310 square inches of visible reflective material.

ANSI Class E – 465 square inches of visible fluorescent background materials, usually orange or lime/yellow and 108 square inches of visible reflective material. Class E garments are either shorts or pants that are made to be worn with a Class 2 garment to make a Class 3 ensemble.

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.

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

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