High Visibility CLOTHING

    No matter the working conditions, from parking lots to high-rises, Stauffer Glove & Safety is here to ensure you stay visible and safe.

    Visibility on job sites is critical to reducing injuries. According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, between the years of 2003-2007, 639 deadly injuries occurred on construction sites. Almost half of those fatal injuries, (305) were caused by vehicles or mobile equipment. The first step in maximizing safety is education. It is essential to be aware of the working conditions and what personal protection equipment is best suited. 

    Standards & Classes for High Visibility CLOTHING

    The American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI)/International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) standards define three classes of high-visibility garments for protecting workers. Depending on the work environment, higher levels of risk persist, resulting in an increased requirement in amount of visibility.

    The American National Standards Institute published standard 170 for high-visibility clothing in 1999. The standard defines three classes of visible garments, to protect workers exposed to high levels of risk from motor vehicles and heavy equipment. The International Safety Equipment Association developed the standard, with revisions in 2004 and 2010. Also, included in the standards is a Class E requirement which provides recommendations for the highest standard in visibility.


    Work Conditions

    Garment Type

    Class 1: Workers where traffic does not exceed 25 mph and there is ample separation from the traffic. Workers must easily be perceptible form their background environment.

    Class 1: Garment must be relatively noticeable, with background material equal to 217 in. in total area and retro reflective bands no less than 25mm wide.

    Class 2: Workers who work near roadways where traffic exceeds 25 mph and workers who need greater visibility in intemperate weather

    Class 2: Greater visibility than the Class 1 garments. Background material must equal 755 in., and the minimum width of retro reflective bands is 35mm.

    Class 3: Workers with high task loads in a wide range of weather conditions where traffic exceeds 50 mph.

    Class 3: Superior visibility–the highest level of conspicuity. Background material must total 1240 in. Garment must have sleeves with retro reflective material between the shoulders and elbows. The width of retro reflective bands shall not be less than 50mm wide.

    Class E: When high-visibility pants are worn without other high-visibility garments, they are considered Class E. When pants are added to Class 2 or 3 garments, the ensemble is considered Class 3.


    Examples of Working Conditions 

    Class 1: Parking lot attendants, Grocery clerks gathering shopping carts. warehouse workers and sidewalk maintenance crews.

    Class 2: Railway workers, school crossing guards, roadway construction workers, utility workers, forestry workers, airport baggage handlers/ground crew, trash collection and individuals in survey crews.

    Class 3: Highway construction workers and flaggers, utility workers, survey crews and emergency responders.

    Class E: Workers needing high visibility vest during the day or both vest and high visibility pants at night to increase visibility. Such outfits are likely worn by nighttime highway construction workers and first responders.

    To maintain safety be sure to check high visibility clothing on a regular basis. Look for signs of fading to fluorescence colors due to sun exposure, dirty apparel and torn or missing reflective tape. Also, to take full advantage of high visibility clothing, all garments should fit properly and not be modified in any way.