Safety vests are worn by individuals in a variety of professions that take place on roadways. Police officers, construction workers and electricians are among those who, at one time or another, will be required to wear safety vests for their own protection. This type of apparel universally features reflective strips and comes in highly noticeable, neon colors.
ANSI 107 vests
Most safety vests fall into the ANSI 107 standard, in one of three classes designated by this regulation. The American National Standards Institute developed the guidelines. Class 1 offers the lowest level of visibility and is intended for workers whose attention is directed at passing traffic traveling at low speed, enabling them to avoid erratic drivers. Class 2 vests are more noticeable and are intended for mildly inclement weather conditions, work that directs attention away from vehicles or higher-speed traffic. Class 3 offers the highest level of protection and is intended for extreme weather conditions, working at night and other significantly risky scenarios.
You should always check with your manager to determine which class of safety vest you need to wear given your duties and the work conditions on your job site.
ANSI 207 vests
ANSI 207 vests were introduced in 2006 to help accommodate necessary equipment for public safety workers, such as equipment belts and ID badges. The 207 vests also help to visually distinguish these professionals from other individuals more easily.
These safety vests are specifically intended for emergency responders and police officers, and do not fall into any sub-classifications beyond the 207 standard. The vests must have 201 square inches of reflective strips and 450 square inches of neon fabric. This amount falls in between the ANSI 107 Class 1 and Class 2 requirements.
However, it is important to note that for officers on traffic control duty, ANSI recommends using a 107 Class 2 or 3 vest.
Safety Company also offers an array of other high-visibility apparel for workers in every field, including beanie caps ideal for cold weather conditions, pants, sweatshirts and overalls. The more visible you are to drivers, the safer you are on the job.