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Frequently Asked Questions about Hi-Vis (High Visibility) Safety Products

 

When should I use a high visibility vest?

What is ANSI/ISEA 107-2010?

Is ANSI/ISEA 107-2010 different from ANSI/ISEA 107-2004?

Do police officers and other public safety personnel comply with ANSI/ISEA 107-2010?

Are emergency responders required to wear reflective safety vests?

What color of ANSI vest should I choose?

How do I decide between a zipper front and hook-and-loop front?

What options are available in high visibility safety clothing?

What types of ANSI vests are best for the outdoor worker?

What added safety features are offered with high visibility clothing?

What is a surveyor vest?

Are ANSI reflective cooling vests available?

Are there safety vests out there that repel insects?

Can I put a logo on an ANSI vest?

Why would I want to put a logo on high visibility clothing?

Can a logo hamper the ANSI level of a safety vest?

How do I put a logo on high visibility clothing?

 

 

When should I use a high visibility vest?

Quite simply, whenever you need to be seen. Vests are important traffic safety products, and worn by flaggers, survey crews, and road construction workers in high speed, high traffic areas. But ANSI vests are also intended for areas where traffic is slower and infrequent. Worker safety is enhanced with a high visibility vest even an empty parking lot. Return to top.

 

What is ANSI/ISEA 107-2010?

The standard of high visibility safety apparel as outlined by the American National Standards Institute. ANSI 107 2010 outlines high visibility safety requirements for three major classes: ANSI Class 1, ANSI Class 2, and ANSI Class 3. Each class requires a specific minimum amount of retroreflective material to ensure high visibility.Return to top.

 

Is ANSI/ISEA 107-2010 different from ANSI/ISEA 107-2004?

Yes. One of major updates is the requirement of a minimum of 150 square centimeters of reflective material in the shoulder area on items of clothing that don't have reflective stripes on the sleeves. The change provides 180 degree visibility. Vests that don't have stripes on the shoulders are no longer compliant. The newer standard also clarifies the flame-resistant characteristics of high-visibility apparel. Another change involves rainwear, which can now be referred to as either "water repellent", "water resistant" or "waterproof". For more detailed information on the recent standard changes consult www.ansi.org. Return to top.

 

Do police officers and other public safety personnel comply with ANSI/ISEA 107-2010?

Sort of. In 2006, ANSI created 207 2006. This standard allows for public safety workers to use a slightly shorter high visibility vest, so they can easily access a gun, flashlight, or other items stored on an equipment belt. Return to top.

 

Are emergency responders required to wear reflective safety vests?

Yes. In late 2008, the Federal Highway Administration enacted 23 CFR 634. This regulation requires anyone, including police, EMTs and other emergency responders to wear ANSI vests when working on federal highways. Firefighters are exempt when they are working near heat, flame or other hazardous materials and situations. Return to top.

 

What color of ANSI vest should I choose?

In the United States choosing between an orange safety vest and a lime safety vest is largely based on personal preference. But in Europe lime safety vests are predominant. Lime reflective safety vests don’t run the risk of blending in with bright orange construction vehicles and signage. Don’t be surprised if lime becomes the norm for ANSI vests in the near future. Return to top.

 

How do I decide between a zipper front and hook-and-loop front?

Again, that’s a personal preference. ANSI vests with a zipper front closure tend to fasten more securely. ANSI reflective vests with a hook-and-loop closure can be removed quickly in case of emergency. Return to top.

 

What options are available in high visibility safety clothing?

Oh boy. The range of reflective safety clothing options is massive. Availability includes vests, high visibility t-shirts and sweatshirts, reflective safety jackets and coats, leggings, ANSI Class E pants, reflective jumpsuits, high visibility hats and gloves, and high visibility rainwear. If you can think of an item of clothing, there’s a good chance it’s available as safety clothing. Return to top.

 

What types of ANSI vests are best for the outdoor worker?

High visibility safety doesn’t have to be uncomfortable. Most manufacturers have lightweight and breathable mesh vests intended for use in hot outdoor conditions. Return to top.

 

What added safety features are offered with high visibility clothing?

High visibility apparel is frequently available in flame resistant styles. Also, tear away safety vests are offered by most manufacturers. These quickly tear off of the wearer if they become snagged on a work vehicle or passing traffic. Tear away vests are ideal for highway construction workers. Return to top.

 

What is a surveyor vest?

A surveyor vest is similar to standard ANSI reflective vests but generally also features several pockets intended for use by survey crews, engineers, etc. Return to top.

 

Are ANSI reflective cooling vests available?

Reflective safety vests don't just provide high visibility, they can also provide cooling comfort and even repel insects. Phase change and evaporative cooling vests meet ANSI class 2 standards, but also keep the wearer cool. Phase change cooling utilizes vest inserts that remain near 58 degrees for up to four hours. Evaporative cooling vests are soaked in water for one or two minutes before being worn, and remain cool for several hours. Return to top.

 

Are there safety vests out there that repel insects?

Believe it or not, yes. Ergodyne Insect Shield GloWear reflective vests and t-shirts offer both ANSI class 2 high visibility as well as protection from dangerous insects like mosquitoes, ticks and flies. The safety vests and t-shirts are made of polyester that is treated with a safe insect repellent. The repellent remains effective for up to 70 washings. Ergodyne has an extensive specification sheet that provides more information about Insect Shield. Return to top.

 

Can I put a logo on an ANSI vest?

Absolutely. The addition of a logo following the specifications at Esafetstore.com won’t hamper the high visibility effectiveness of an ANSI reflective vest, reflective safety jacket, or high visibility pants. Return to top.

 

Why would I want to put a logo on high visibility clothing?

A custom logo on a reflective safety vest or other ANSI clothing proudly tells passing motorists that your company is the one hard at work on the highway. Having your name or logo on your crew’s reflective safety vests is a great way to advertise. Return to top.

 

Can a logo hamper the ANSI level of a safety vest?

It actually can if the logo is too big and covers up too much of the vest. ANSI Class 2 vests require 775 square inches of visible ANSI color for background. ANSI Class 3 vests require 1240 square inches of background material. Smaller logos aren't generally a problem. A manufacturer like OK-1 has vests that are sized generously to fit over other clothing, and they are generally able to place logos no larger than 8 x 8" on the back and 3 x 3" on the front without affecting the ANSI standard. But if you're not sure, call Esafetystore at 877-800-ESAF or call the manufacturer for more information. Return to top.

 

How do I put a logo on high visibility clothing?

Esafetystore can logo high visibility clothing quickly and easily. Click here for more information. Return to top.