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FHWA Approves Revisions for High-Visibility Safety Apparel

Posted by Steve Paulus on Jun 28, 2016 6:00:00 PM

High-visibility safety apparel that meets the newly revised American National Standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel and Accessories, ANSI/ISEA 107-2015, will conform to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced earlier this month.

In order to help reduce work zone fatalities, the FHWA requires highway workers, along with flaggers and adult crossing guards wear high-visibility apparel that satisfies the manual’s performance and design requirements of Performance Class 2 or 3 of ANSI/ISEA 107-2010.

Construction worker wearing high-visibility apparel

Public safety roadside workers — policemen, firefighters and various emergency responders — that are exposed to traffic on public roadways must wear high-visibility apparel in compliance with ANSI/ISEA 207, the American National Standards for public safety vests.

In order to create one piece of reference material for all occupational tasks, both documents have been combined into one all-inclusive, MUTCD-approved document — ANSI/ISEA 107-2015.

ANSI/ISEA 107-2015 breaks down each garment type into three designations:

  • Type R (Roadway): for use where workers are exposed to public highway traffic
  • Type P (Public safety): for use where public safety worker are exposed to hazards in roadway or off-road work areas
  • Type O (Off-road): for use where workers are not exposed to public highway traffic

All manufacturers must verify each garment meets the standard’s requirements and provide a Declaration of Conformity for each garment made. To purchase the standard, click here.

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