Construction crews are too often, like bowling pins, awaiting a haphazard motorist. They spend much of their time along well-traversed thoroughfares, in dim lighting, however, reflective orange vests allow construction crews to be visible, even to haphazard drivers. Although there are a myriad of high visibility vests on the market, only those approved the American National Standards Institute meet the requirements set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.
Safety Product Inc offers a full range of ANSI approved vests; their knowledgeable staff will guide you through selecting the correct vests for your crew.
The American National Standard Institute (ANSI) was founded in 1918. ANSI is a non-profit organization and “watchdog” in regards to creating standards for High Visibility Personal Protection Equipment, abbreviated as HV-PPE. High visibility vests save lives. Moreover, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) states that road construction crews must don high visibility habiliments while on-site: “road and construction traffic poses an obvious and well-recognized hazard to highway [and] road construction work zone employees,” states OSHO.
ANSI approves a triad of High Visibility Protection Equipment for construction zones. These high visibility vests are referred to as Class I, Class II and Class III. They also come in Type O, Type R, and Type P. The abbreviation O, R, and P denote off-road, roadway and public safety, respectively. Although the triad of ANSI approved high visibility vests are adept at combating invisibility, a highway construction crew’s arch-nemesis, each vest possesses unique characteristics, each for s specific environment.
Class 1 Safety Vests
Class I vests are befitting off-road environments. They offer the fewest square inches of reflective material, of the ANSI approved triad and are only suitable for non-complex (Type O) environments.
Class 2 Safety Vests
Class II vests possess additional high visibility material. This reflective material allows for better definition of the human form and combats invisibility in complex work environments. Complex (Type R) work environments that include moderately moving traffic and heavy machinery. Type II vests offer the minimum protection required for construction crews exposed to roadway rights-of-way and temporary traffic control work zones.
Class 3 Safety Vests
Class III vests possess a greater surface area of reflective material. The additional reflective material provides greater visibility in complex (Type P) work environments. Type III vests include sleeves.