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FIT THE RISK: ANSI & SAFETY WORKWEAR

The American National Standards Institute is a private, non-profit organization that
promotes standards for industry and government. The ANSI/ISEA 107-2004 is the
accepted standard for the design and performance of high-visibility safety apparel.
It offers garment categories or Performance Classes. The Performance Classes are
generally based on worker hazards and tasks, the job site’s complexity and background
and vehicular traffic and speed.
ANSI CLASS 3 apparel is intended for workers requiring the highest
level of visibility who have high task loads and need to be visible
throughout a full range of body motions.
ANSI CLASS 2 apparel is intended for workers who are exposed
to traffic traveling over 25 mph and who are working against
complex backgrounds.
NON-ANSI, color enhanced clothing offers an additional level
of safety for low-risk activities, but does not meet ANSI standards.

 

ANSI CERTIFIED ANSI
CLASS 3

WHOTYPICALLY WEARS ANSI CLASS 3 WORKWEAR? 

  • roadway construction workers
  • survey crews
  • construction vehicle operators
  • utility workers
  • accident scene investigators
  • railway workers
  • emergency response personnel
    flagging crews

ANSI CLASS 3 IS REQUIRED FOR JOB SITES WHERE:

  • The highest level of visibility is needed
  • the widest range of weather conditions are present
  • complex backgrounds are present

ANSI CLASS 3 IS REQUIRED FOR WORKERS WHO:

  • have high task loads that often divert their attention
  • are exposed to significantly higher-speed traffic
  • have significantly reduced sight-distances
  • are clearly placed in danger
  • must be conspicuous through a full range of body motions at
    a minimum of 1,280 feet and must be identifiable as a person

ANSI CERTIFIED CLASS 2

WHO TYPICALLY WEARS ANSI CLASS 2 WORKWEAR?

  • roadway construction workers
  • survey crews
  • parking and toll gate personnel
  • railway workers
  • emergency response personnel
  • forestry workers
  • accident site investigators
  • utility workers
  • airport baggage handlers and ground crew
  • school crossing guards
  • law enforcement personnel

ANSI CLASS 2 IS REQUIRED FOR JOB SITES WHERE:

  • a high level of visibility is needed
  • a wide range of weather conditions are present
  • complex backgrounds are present

ANSI CLASS 2 IS REQUIRED FOR WORKERS WHO ARE:

  • performing tasks that divert their attention from
    approaching traffic which is traveling more than 25 mph
  • working in close proximity to traffic

 

NON-ANSI

WHO TYPICALLY WEARS NON-ANSI CLOTHING?

  • shopping cart retrievers
  • dog walkers
  • parking lot attendants
  • joggers
  • delivery vehicle drivers
  • recreational walkers
  • anyone who wants to stand out from the crowd

NON-ANSI, COLOR ENHANCED CLOTHING IS USEFUL AS:

  • a base layer under ANSI certified workwear
  • an added level of visibility
  • a uniforming option
  • a change of clothing for lunch periods off the jobsite