There is a need to protect people who work in situations that make it difficult to be seen. Low visibility hazards are an even greater risk where there are complex backgrounds as found in many occupations such as working on foot close to construction equipment and vehicle roadway traffic. Vehicle operators cannot recognize a worker who is wearing inadequate or no visibile safety clothing such as custom reflective vests in sufficient time to avoid an accident.
Consider custom safety clothing and custom reflective vests for road construction, railway and utility workers, law enforcement and emergency response personnel, survey and airport ground crews, and others exposed to the hazards of low visibility on the job. Our reflective vests and high visibility safety clothing assures that you can be seen both day and night. The custom safety vest is the most recognized item for reducing the risk of injury (as found in a 2001 survey sponsored by the ISEA).
Visibility problems are the cause for many of the deaths and injuries that happen when workers get hit by vehicles or mobile equipment. High-visibility custom safety clothing serves as a first line of defense to protect workers against being struck by a vehicle or piece of equipment operated by someone who otherwise would not be able to see them during the day or at night.
To ensure maximum quality control in its members' products, ISEA developed the American National Standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel. The standard - ANSI/ISEA 107-1999 -- establishes a set of performance criteria for high-visibility apparel. The standard defines three garment categories based on worker hazards and tasks, complexity of the work environment or background, and vehicular traffic and speed.
Much of our custom safety clothing conforms to an American National Standard from the International Safety Equipment Association (ANSI/ISEA). ANSI organizes and categorizes safety standards across industries. Custom safety clothing that meet this standard can be worn 24-hours a day to provide users with a high level of conspicuity through the use of combined fluorescent and retro reflective materials. The standards specify three conspicuity classes of garments based on the wearer's activities.
American National Standard for High-Visibility Safety Clothing (ANSI)
ANSI Class 3 custom reflective vests and custom safety clothing provide the highest level of conspicuity to workers with high task loads in a wide range of weather conditions where traffic exceeds 50 mph. The standard recommends these garments for all roadway construction personnel and vehicle operators, utility workers, survey crews, emergency responders, railway workers and accident site investigators.
ANSI Class 2 custom reflective vests and custom safety clothing are intended for users who need greater visibility in inclement weather conditions and whose activities occur near roadways where traffic speeds exceed 25 mph. Workers who would wear this class of garment include railway workers, school crossing guards, parking and toll gate personnel, airport ground crews and law enforcement personnel directing traffic.
ANSI Class 1 custom reflective vests and custom safety clothing are for users who have ample separation from vehicular traffic that does not exceed 25 mph and where the background is not complex. Parking service attendants, workers in warehouses with equipment traffic, shopping cart retrievers, sidewalk maintenance workers, and delivery vehicle drivers would wear this class of safety clothing.