ANSI/ISEA 107-2015 – Standard for High-Visibility

Workers employed in and around traffic and moving equipment are exposed to extra dangers every day and need an extra layer of protection. High-visibility safety apparel (HVSA) can help prevent deaths while employees are at work.

What is the Standard?

The American National Standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel and Accessories (ANSI/ISEA 107-2015) is a standard established by American National Standards Institute, Inc. Construction, maintenance, utility, emergency responders, airport ramp personnel and many categories of off-road workers are routinely exposed to potential injury hazards from their low visibility while on the job. This standard provides guidelines for the selection and use of high-visibility safety apparel such as shirts, rainwear, outerwear, safety vests, headwear, and other high-visibility accessories to improve worker visibility during the day, in low-light conditions, and at night.

Why is it important?

The need to be seen is recognized as a critical issue for worker safety. Low visibility is a serious hazard for all workers who must perform tasks near moving vehicles or equipment. Workers must be visible to vehicle operators in all lighting conditions and against complex environmental backgrounds. The sooner a vehicle operator sees a pedestrian worker, the longer the operator has to avoid an incident. High visibility safety apparel and accessories dramatically enhance worker visibility.

What Garments Meet the Standard

High-visibility safety apparel (HVSA) must be in accordance with the ANSI/ISEA 107-2015 standard in 4 areas:

  • Design: Garment design includes new Performance Classes that provide specific guidelines related to usage.  Also provides that no less than 40% of the required amount of background and reflective material is present on both the front and back of the garment when laid flat.
  • Background materials: Colored fluorescent material intended to be highly conspicuous.  There are three color options:
    • Fluorescent yellow-green
    • Fluorescent orange-red
    • Fluorescent red

Material must meet strict requirements for luminescence, light exposure, washing, and tear resistance.

  • Minimum coverage requirements
  • Retroflective materials: Material that reflects and returns a relatively high proportion of light in a direction close to the direction from which it came.
    • Reflective tape
    • Minimum coverage requirements
  • Care labeling: Garment tags must clearly identify Garment Type, Performance Class, FR Indication, Washing Instructions, and other key information.

New Performance Standards

The standard presents three performance classes of garments based on the amount of visible materials and design attributes incorporated into the final configuration, and identifies garment types based on expected use settings and work activities being performed. These are designated as:

  • Off-road (type O): where workers are not exposed to high traffic or temporary control zones.
  • Roadway and temporary traffic control (type R): where workers are exposed to traffic from public access highway rights-of-way or roadway temporary control zones.
  • Public safety activities (type P): for emergency and incident responders and law enforcement personnel who are exposed to struck-by hazards.
Garment Type Type O
Off-road and
Non-Roadway Use
Type R
Roadway and Temporary
Traffic Control Zones
Type P
Emergency and Incident
Responders and Law Enforcement
Personnel
Supplemental Items#
Pants, Overalls,
Shorts, Rain Pants
and Gaiters
Performance Class Class 1 Class 2* Class 3* Class 2* Class 3* Class E
Background Material 0.14 m2
(217 in2)
0.50 m2
(775 in2)
347.22
(1240 in2)
0.292
(450 in2)
.502
(775 in2)
0.302
(465 in2)
Retroreflective or Combined- Performance Materials 0.10 m2
(155 in2)
0.13 m2
(201 in2)
.202
(310 in2)
0.132
(201 in2)
.202
(310 in2)
0.072
(109 in2)
Minimum Width Reflective Material 25 mm (1 in.) 25 mm (1 in.) ##
35 mm (1.38 in.)
25 mm (1 in.) ##
50 mm (2 in.)
25 mm (1 in.) ##
50 mm (2 in.)
50 mm (2 in.)## 25 mm (1 in.) ##
50 mm (2 in.)
*For the smallest size offered in Type R, Performance Class 2, a minimum of 0.35 m2 (540 in2) of background material may be used to accommodate small-sized workers. All subsequent larger sizes must use 0.50 m2 (775 in2).
**For the smallest size offered in Type R, Performance Class 3, a minimum of 0.65 m2 (1000 in2) of background material may be used to accommodate small-sized workers. All subsequent larger sizes must use 0.80 m2 (1240 in2).
#  When a Supplemental Class E item is worn with Performance Class 2 or 3, the overall classification for the ensemble shall be Performance Class 3.
##  For use with split-trim designs  (See Section 6.3.1.2)
NOTE:  Combined-performance materials can be counted toward the minimum area requirements for background material specified in Table 1.

Are there high-visibility standards for gloves?

The new ANSI/ISEA 107-2015 now includes high visibility standards for optional accessories – gloves, arm/leg bands, and headwear/hoods.

Accessory Background Material ## Retroreflective or
Combined-Performance
Materials##
Minimum Width
Reflective Material
Gloves 0.0065 m2
(10 in2)
0.0065 m2
(10 in2)
25 mm (1 in.)
Arm or leg bands 0.015 m2
(24 in22)
0.015 m2
(24 in2)
25 mm (1 in.)
Headwear, hoods
(attached or detachable)
0.05 m2
2 (78 in )
0.0065 m2
(10 in2)
25 mm (1 in.)

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