To address the hazards of low worker visibility during the day, in low-light conditions, and at night, International Safety Equipment Association members developed
ANSI/ISEA 107-2010: the American National Standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel
The ANSI/ISEA standard establishes a set of performance criteria and provisions for the selection, design, and use of high visibility safety apparel. The standard defines three garment classes based on designs utilizing amounts of precisely specified garment background material and retro-reflective material. It also provides guidelines to help purchasers select the appropriate garment based on an assessment of worker hazards and tasks, complexity of the work environment or background, and vehicular traffic and speed.
Class 1 garments are intended for use in activities that permit the wearer's full and undivided attention to approaching traffic. There should be ample separation of the worker from traffic, which should be traveling no faster than 25 miles per hour.
Examples of workers who use Class 1 garments may include:
Class 2 garments are intended for use in activities where greater visibility is necessary during inclement weather conditions or in work environments with risks that exceed those for Class 1. Garments in this class also cover workers who perform tasks that divert their attention from approaching traffic, or that put them in close proximity to passing vehicles traveling at 25 miles per hour or higher.
Examples of workers who use Class 2 garments may include:
NOTE: Performance Class 2 HVSA is considered a minimum practice for HVSA in roadway rights-of-way and temporary traffic control (TTC) zones, as required in the 2009 edition of the MUTCD.
Class 3 garments provide the highest level of visibility in the ANSI standard, and are intended for workers who face serious hazards and often have high task loads that require attention away from their work. Garments for these workers should provide enhanced visibility to more of the body, such as the arms and legs.
Examples of workers who use Class 3 garments may include:
5.2.3 Performance Class 3 (Type R or P)
Performance Class 3 can offer greater visibility to the wearer in both complex backgrounds and through a full range of body movements by mandatory placement of background, retro-reflective and combined-performance materials on sleeves and pant legs (if present). Regardless of the area of materials used, a sleeveless garment or vest alone shall not be considered Performance Class 3.
These Performance Class Guidelines are provided as guidance only. Certain specific conditions such as environment, weather, level of training, site-detection distances, regulations, proximity to vehicles, and competing hazards in emergency situations should be considered. Vehicle speed should not be considered in isolation to these factors. PPE properties such as background color should be selected to optimize contrast between the wearer and the work environment. The 2009 MUTCD (Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices) requires (1) Class 2 or 3 high visibility apparel for workers on or near public roadways who are not emergency responders, and (2) a risk assessment performed by a qualified safety professional to determine the appropriate garment class. This information is adapted from ISEA/ANSI 107-2010 Appendix B.
This standard specifies performance requirements for high-visibility safety apparel and accessory PPE. For the purpose of this standard, the term “high-visibility safety apparel (HVSA)” shall be used to mean apparel and accessory PPE intended to provide conspicuity to the user in hazardous situations under any light conditions by day and under illumination by vehicle headlights in the dark or other low light conditions. Performance requirements are included for color, retro-reflection, and minimum areas of retro-reflective and combined-performance materials, as well as the recommended configuration of the materials. Performance requirements are also provided for the color, physical properties, and minimum areas of background materials used in the construction of HVSA and accessories. Test methods are provided in the standard to ensure that a minimum level of visibility is maintained when garments are subjected to ongoing care procedures. These specifications may prescribe a wide variety of occupational HVSA, but shall not be applied to firefighter turnout gear.
Accredited laboratory: A laboratory having a certificate of accreditation meeting the requirements ISO/IEC 17025:2005, General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories for the collection and analysis of data within the parameters of this standard. All ASA Test have been conducted with VARTEST Labs in New York. All Test results and proof of performance are on file with Vartest and with ASA and are available upon request to ASA.
3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material ANSI/ISEA 1072015 Certificates for ASA Products.
The American National Standard for High Visibility Safety Apparel (ANSI/ISEA 1072015) was approved in 2016 by the American National Standards Institute, Inc. ANSI. The development of the standard was done by a technical committee with the International Safety Equipment Association ISEA as the secretariat. The standard provides guidelines for the selection and use of high visibility apparel such as safety vests, work wear, and rainwear to improve worker visibility during the day, in lowlight conditions, and at night. The following certificates are confirmations that 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Materials passes the requirements for ANSI 107 from the American National Standards Institute, Inc.
3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material Fabrics
8906 Silver Fabric Trim
8910 Silver Fabric
8912 Silver Fabric
8925 Silver Fabric
ASA COOLVISIONS HI-TECH PERFORMACE TEST
The following test were conducted and passed for performance rating in the following categories:
All Tests were conducted by Vartest Laboratories in New York City, an international certified textile approved testing laboratory.