ANSI Class 2 Attire Verifies Safety For Laborers

ANSI Class 2 clothing is required protective apparel that must be worn by workers who are in high risk industries. Each different industry requires special clothing, such as one sees worn by a person on a road construction project. ANSI is an abbreviation for the American National Standards Institute which has this type of clothing in three different classes.

Class 2 includes such things as safety vest, shirts, rainwear and other outerwear that is visible at night and when there is limited daylight. In addition to road construction, this gear is worn by people such as fire fighters, police and emergency personnel and others who are engaged in dangerous work. These people are all involved in high risk occupations.

The colors required by this kind of gear are quite precise. It must have reflective materials that cover a specific number of square inches and usually includes a jacket, its hood and sleeves. Fluorescent color is in the background although it may not be reflective. The colors most used are yellow with green, orange with red or red fluorescent. Colors must counteract the surroundings and vehicles, at the job site, so that workers are easily identified.

Garments will also include reflective tape that is at least four yards in length and 1.375 inches wide. The wider the reflective tape, however, the shorter it can be. It is also required that solid reflective bands encircle the girth of the torso. These bands must also be separated by two inch spacing with arm bands running around the arms between elbow and shoulder as well as around the cuff of the sleeve.

Vigorous testing regarding the reflectivity of the materials and the garments is conducted. This testing is quite specific with things such as flexibility, reflection after the garment is washed, resistance to rough wear, cold temperature folding and resistance to rain. This testing is in anticipation of any conditions that might occur when a worker is wearing these garments.

Materials used in these garments are tested by a third party lab. When they meet given standards and guidelines, the garments are then labeled, marked, and instructions on are printed and included in packaging. Various manufacturers produce these products and they must include certification in order to prove they meet the standards.

This gear comes in different classes and, therefore, selection will depend primarily on the worker's occupation. For example, class 2 vests are required for those who work near heavy machinery or where traffic exceeds speeds of 25 mph. Class 3, on the other hand, have a higher visibility and are required for those who work where traffic exceeds 50 mph.

Although ANSI standards are different than OSHA, they are respected by workers in that they ensure a degree of standards are maintained in ANSI Class 2 work gear. These safety vest are designed to ensure protection against external forces that may become life-threatening in certain occupations. Since injuries occur when focus is lost, knowing that clothing will let others know that workers are present can help allay fears and ensure that workers remain focused and safe.

First Responder 5 Point Breakaway Safety Vest

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This safety vest meets ANSI 107-2004 Class 2 requirements.

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