High-visibility clothing, or hi-vis, can literally save a life. This type of clothing is designed to make your workers easier to spot on a work site, when maneuvering around dangerous vehicles or in any other situation where visibility is of the utmost importance.
Because hi-vis clothing can be so important in protecting worker safety, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) developed a standard to help businesses determine which kinds of high-visibility apparel are necessary for different working environments. There are different classes of high-visibility apparel for specific job applications, along with levels that apply to reflective taping and letter types that refer to different environments in which hi-vis clothing is to be used.
Needless to say, it can get pretty confusing.
So, let’s break down these different classifications to help you figure out what kind of high-visibility clothing is the right fit for your business!
This may not be a shock to you, but black is not a hi-vis clothing color that meets the ANSI/ISEA 107 standard. The only three colors that meet safety standards are:
There are four different classes in the ANSI/ISEA standard, which relate to specific work site situations.
Class 1 high-visibility apparel is meant for areas that are far from traffic or where vehicles are going slower than 25 miles per hour. Here are the specifications for Class 1 apparel:
Class 2 high-visibility apparel is meant for areas where vehicle speeds are lower than 50 miles per hour. This includes most roadways but not most highways. Here are the specifications for Class 2 apparel:
Class 3 high-visibility apparel is meant for traffic areas where vehicle speeds exceed 50 miles per hour. Here are the specifications for Class 3 apparel:
Additionally there are two different level ratings, which refer to the intensity of the reflective tape.
There are three different types of high-visibility apparel, which designate the different areas of use:
Whether you need Class 1, 2, or 3 levels of protection, Doritex can supply your business. We offer hi-vis clothing for a wide variety of applications, including construction, utilities, emergency medical services and airport ramp personal. Contact us today for high-visibility apparel that complies with ANSI/ISEA standards!