What Kind of High-Visibility Clothing Does My Business Need?

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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!

1. Colors

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:

  • Fluorescent yellow-green
  • Fluorescent orange-red
  • Fluorescent red

2. Classes

There are four different classes in the ANSI/ISEA standard, which relate to specific work site situations. 

Class 1

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:

  • At least 6.46 linear feet of 2-inch reflective tape/9.39 linear feet of 1 3.8-inch reflective tape
  • At least 217 inches squared of hi-vis background material

Class 2

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:

  • At least 8.375 linear feet of 2-inch reflective tape or 12.2 linear feet of 1 3.8-inch reflective tape
  • At least 775 inches squared of hi-vis background material

Class 3

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:

  • At least 12.92 linear feet of 2-inch reflective tape
  • At least 1240 inches squared of hi-vis background material

Additionally there are two different level ratings, which refer to the intensity of the reflective tape. 

3. Types

There are three different types of high-visibility apparel, which designate the different areas of use:

  • Type O is meant for use in off-road settings
  • Type R is meant for use in roadway settings
  • Type P is meant for use in public safety settings

Find a Reliable High-Visibility Clothing Provider

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!