High Visibilty Vests

HI-VIZ Yellow Safety Vest Model #131
Safety Vest - 5 Point Model #591 / 592

It doesn't often make the news, but each year scores of men and women are injured or killed while working on or near roadways. Construction workers, law enforcement personnel and first responders such as fire fighters and EMS workers are all at risk of blending into their backgrounds and not being seen by motorists. Wearing a high visibility vest can literally save your life.

In an effort to reduce the number of accidents, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has established standards, ANSI/ISEA 107-2004, for high visibility vests and other high visibility clothing. Such high visibility clothing is available in many forms, the most common being the safety vest, also sometimes known as a traffic vest or construction vest. Workers who would be required to wear hi viz clothing include but are not limited to: surveyors, equipment and truck drivers, construction and maintenance crews, inspectors, flaggers, warehouse persons. The ANSI standard has established three classes for high visibility clothing:

CLASS 1 - A traffic vest in this category is for use where occupational activities: permit full and undivided attention to approaching traffic; provide ample separation between the pedestrian worker and vehicle traffic; permit optimum visibility in backgrounds that are not complex, and where; vehicle and moving equipment speeds do not exceed 25 mph.

Examples of workers who could use a Class 1 traffic vest may include: workers retrieving shopping carts from parking areas; workers directing vehicle operators to parking or service locations; workers exposed to warehouse equipment traffic.

CLASS 2 - ANSI vests in this category are for use where: greater visibility is desired during bad weather; there are complicated backgrounds; workers are performing tasks that draw their attention away from approaching vehicle traffic; vehicle or moving equipment speeds exceed 25 mph; work activities take place closer to vehicle traffic. Construction vests and reflective jackets are often Class 2.

Examples of workers who could use Class 2 traffic vest or construction vest may include: roadway construction workers; utility workers; survey crews; school crossing guards; railway workers; forestry workers; parking or toll gate workers; airport baggage & ground crew.

CLASS 3 - Class 3 traffic vests are for use where: workers are exposed to high vehicle speeds and/or reduced sight distances; the worker and vehicle operator have high task loads, clearly placing the worker in danger; the worker must be visible through the full range of body motions at a minimum of 390 meters (1,280 feet) and must be identifiable as a person. Construction vests and reflective jackets are often also Class 3 vests.

Examples of workers who could use Class 3 traffic vest or reflective jacket include: roadway construction workers; utility workers; survey crews; flagging crews, law enforcement.

HI-VIZ Yellow Safety Vest Model #131

  • High visibility yellow safety vest
  • Polyester interlock
  • 3M scotchlite reflective tape
  • ID pocket
  • Cell phone pocket
  • Adjustable sizing
  • Meets CSA Z96-02 requirements

Safety Vest - 5 Point Model #591 / 592

  • Coated polyester mesh
  • One-size-fits-all with adjustable side pieces
  • PVC reflective tape
  • Velcro tear-away shoulders

 

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