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Classifications of safety vests
There are three classifications for safety vests. The lowest level of visibility is class one. Class one is for people working in a parking lot, ticket takers, grocery store bag attendants, and workers who need to meet low levels of safety visibility and are working in an area where traffic is less than 25 miles per hour.
Must meet ANSI requirements
All must meet ANSI (American National Standards Institute). ANSI, which is the controlling body that writes these standards, sets the standards for safety gear.
Note you must make sure all your safety gear has the ANSI label on the back collar. Do not substitute because you will get a violation from an OSHA inspector.
Class one vest
Class one safety vest is required to have a minimum of 155 square inches of reflective tape. This is approximately 6 feet of reflective tap 2 inches wide.
Class two vest
The second and most common level of visibility is class two. Class 2 sometimes combines class 2 and 3. What class safety vest do I need for my employees to wear on our job site?
Everyone needs some form of visibility for safety’s sake. It is the level of visibility you need.
People often refer to this style of vest as a high-vis or a high-visibility safety garment. It meets all specifications of OSHA to ensure the safety of workers in high-risk work areas.
Class two requires 8.3 feet by 2 inches of reflective tape.
Class three because it meets minimum government standards and does offer a lot of visibility. These are the most used because of the high levels of visibility they give. Pants and jackets are added to meet this standard for traffic that moves at over 25 miles per hour. Think highway flaggers.
Class 3 is in a league of its own. Flaggers use these safety vests on highway projects, and they provide high visibility. The minimum standard for reflective taps is 13 feet by 2 inches. People put this tape on pants, jackets, safety vests, and anywhere else it can be attached. We recommend you use a lot of reflective tape when you have people working in traffic.
Once you meet the requirements for safety vests it’s time to put them to better use by decorating the vests or jackets with a company logo. It’s amazing how many companies do not take advantage of this form of advertising. Security companies, Landscapers, and anyone who works with the public should take advantage of this free advertising. Northwest Custom Apparel has a full line of custom-decorated safety vests.