An updated national consensus standard for high-visibility safety apparel released by the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) provides criteria
An updated national consensus standard for high-visibility safety apparel released by the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) provides criteria and test requirements for garments marked as flame- or water-resistant and offers service-life guidelines. The newly issued American National Standard for High Visibility Safety Apparel and Headwear [ANSI/ISEA 107-2010] is now the authoritative document for design, performance specifications, and use of high-visibility apparel, including vests, jackets, coveralls, trousers, rainwear and headwear worn by construction workers and employees in other industrial and business settings.
The revision does not change long-standing requirements for compliant garments with respect to classification and color; however, it does address issues for the wearer related to flame-resistance and use during rainfall. The 43-page document also includes examples of apparel configurations that meet the standard. It can be purchased from ISEA for $62 a copy (discounts are available on bulk orders) via ISEA’s Cristine Fargo at [email protected], or online at www.safetyequipment.org.
This second update, since the first 1999 edition, was developed by ISEA’s High Visibility Products Group and approved by key stakeholders representing utility workers, safety professionals, transportation safety experts, testing laboratories and government agencies. Notes Jim Teigen, chairman of the ISEA High-Visibility Products Group and business manager of OK-1 Manufacturing, Altus, Okla., Due to the widespread use of high-visibility apparel in working environments where any kind of vehicular movement is present, garments have evolved to address other needs of workers. The inclusion of flame-resistance criteria as an optional feature is in direct response to end-user requests.
Additionally, the update calls attention to service-life guidelines for high-visibility garments that have been established by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Because it is important that the end-user be aware of a high-visibility garment’s capability to offer continued protection, Teigen emphasizes, users are encouraged to follow guidelines put forth by the FHWA and manufacturers to ensure they are seen at all times, in all situations.