US ANSI/ISEA 107-2015 High Visibility Safety Apparel and Accessories Standard Update

The US ANSI/ISEA 107-2015 National Standard for High Visibility Safety Apparel and Accessories entered into force on February 1, 2016. The new standard version unifies the requirements of ANSI/ISEA 107 and ANSI/ISEA 207 (Safety Vests) to develop a comprehensive standard that applies to all types of high-visibility safety clothing.

High-visibility clothing is widely used. In situations of low visibility or rapid movement of vehicles, workers wearing high-visibility garments are prone to be discovered, thereby preventing dangerous situations. High-visibility clothing is required for special positions such as highway maintenance, construction sites, surveys, apron work, and off-road engineering projects. The standard specifies the style, level and color requirements of such garments for the transportation industry staff. At the same time, a selection guide for vests, shirts, raincoats, coats, pants, hats and other high-visibility accessories is also provided to better protect the safety of staff.

The ANSI/ISEA 107 standard specifies in detail the requirements for high-visibility garment materials, including background material, reflective materials, and composite materials. The standard also sets guidelines for apparel design, labeling requirements, general labeling, and usage requirements. In addition, the new standard still classifies such garments into three grades based on the size of visible materials, design styles, specific work content, and use environment.

Compared to the 2015 version, the new version has several major changes. For example, the new version adds a “class” word to clothing descriptions, adds “minimum number” clothing, and adds accessories options including hats, gloves, armbands, and special labeling requirements. High-visibility garments can be identified based on clothing category, performance level, and flame retardancy. At the same time, it also adds flexible and non-flexible designs to clothing accessories.

The major changes to the ANSI/ISEA 107-2015 standard are as follows:

(1) New high-visibility safety clothing category (HVSA)

■ Type O - Off Highway Use (Off-Road)

■R - Road Usage

■P-Class - Public Safety Use (Integrated with ANSI 207)

(2) New high visibility clothing level definition

■O class - level 1

■ Class R - Class 2 and Class 3

■ Class P - Class 2 and Class 3

■ Supplementary Classes - Class E

(3) "Minimal" clothing R

Smaller staff wearing large clothing poses security risks. After the new standard is implemented, the minimum number of clothing will be used, and this type of clothing will use fewer materials.

■ Class R, Level 2 - 540 square inches instead of the previous 775 in2

■ Class R, Level 3 - 1,000 square inches instead of the previous 1240 in2

(4) Non-flame-retardant labeling requirements

■ Any garment that does not comply with any of the requirements for flame retardance must be marked on the label “This is a non-flame retardant garment according to §§ 10.5 of ANSI/ISEA 107-2015.”