Different types of safety vests are used for different industries, but most jobs require ANSI safety vests. ANSI safety vests are certified by the American National Standards Institute. They meet certain requirements for high visibility safety clothing standards. Here’s a quick guide to the different classes of ANSI safety vests.
ANSI Class 2 safety vests are sleeveless safety vests with 775 square inches of background material and 201 square inches of retro-reflective material (1.375 inch reflective stripes). Required for workers on sites around traffic going 25 mph or higher and workers near heavy machinery, ANSI class 2 safety vests come in many styles and colors.
ANSI Class 3 safety vests are for workers who need greater visibility than what Class 2 vests offer. ANSI Class 3 safety vests are required for workers near traffic that exceeds 50 mph. These vests have 1240 square inches of background material and 310 square inches of retro-reflective material (2 inch reflective stripes). All ANSI Class 3 safety vests have sleeves.
ANSI 207-2006 safety vests are public service safety vests required for all public service officials, including law enforcement, emergency responders, fire officials and DOT personnel. These safety vests can be color-coded and customized for individual industries. Most ANSI 207-2006 safety vests are breakaway vests.
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