OSHA STANDARDS: Require employers to perform a hazard analysis to decide which ANSI/ISEA 107-2010 performance class of high visibility garments is needed based on the work conditions anticipated. Workers on all roads or highways exposed to the potential danger of being struck by vehicles must wear appropriate high visibility apparel. This expands upon the Federal Highway Administration’s Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), which imposes the requirement on Federal-aid highways. FEDERAL WORKER VISIBILITY ACT: States, “All workers within the right-of-way of a Federal-aid highway who are exposed either to traffic or to construction equipment within the work area shall wear ANSI/ISEA Class 2 or Class 3 high visibility safety apparel.” —23 CFR PART 634 GARMENT PERSONALIZATION: To comply with safety guidelines, UniFirst recommends only standard size company and wearer name emblems on chest for ANSI-rated high visibility garment personalization. Any other personalization options are at the discretion and the responsibility of the employer and/or end user.
Visibility garment selection should be based on the color and complexity of the work environment, the work task being done, and the separation of the worker from moving equipment and vehicles.
ANSI CLASS 1: For use by workers who are well separated from traffic and working in areas where vehicle and/or equipment speeds do not exceed 25 mph. Workers who can benefit from this class of garment include those directing parking operations,
retrieving shopping carts from parking areas, Kroger, Walmart, Publix
maintaining sidewalks, M'boro public works
making deliveries from vehicles, Dominos Jimmy John
and working in warehouses where motorized equipment is present. Towmotors
ANSI CLASS 2: For workers in situations where complex visual backgrounds may be present. Examples of workers benefiting from this class of garment are roadway construction workers, utility workers, survey crews, crossing guards, tollgate personnel, airport baggage handlers, first responders, and law enforcement personnel.
ANSI CLASS 3: These are high visibility garments for workers in the highest-risk situations, who need to be visible through a full range of body motions from a minimum distance of 1280 feet. Workers who can benefit from this class of garment include highway maintenance and construction crews, utility workers, tow truck operators, survey crews, flaggers, and emergency response personnel.