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What to Look for in a High Visibility Safety Vest

High Visibility Safety Vests are essential; they save lives. Road construction crews work in a perilous environment, often after dark. High Visibility Safety Vests negate a construction crew’s worst enemy: invisibility!

Wearing High Visibility Safety Vests aren’t optional. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires road construction crews to don high visibility vests. Moreover, this sentiment is echoed by the Manual on Unified Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). If your crew must wear dayglow orange vests, why not wear the best? The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved vests are topnotch.

Although there are a variety of High Visibility Safety Vests on the market, American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved vests are the only high visibility habiliments that conform to both The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and The Manual of Unified Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) standards. Vests without the ANSI stamp of approval fall below the bar.

You may not have heard of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), but like a secret society, they are the invisible hand behind unifying many of the products we use daily, such as USB devices and dayglow orange safety vests.

Purchasing High Visibility Safety Vests with the ANSI stamp of approval guarantees quality and visibility. In regards to high visibility habiliments, size matters, not specifically the size of the vest (though they are like any article of clothing, they must fit), but the surface area of the retroreflective material. The greater the area of retroflection material, the greater the visibility. The ANSI 2 approved vest is tailored for a construction crew’s dangerous working environment. The ANSI 2 approved vest is adorned with over 200 square inches of reflective material, the reflective material is affixed to 775 square inches of high visibility yellow or orange. Unless you’re working in a ganzfield, a blizzard-induced whiteout, this vest is adequate. However, ANSI does approve vests for ganzfield-like working environments, the ANSI 3: the vest for Alaskan road crews, ice truckers and arctic lobstering.

Inquire at Best Safety Vests for more information about ANSI approved vests. Keep your crew safe with the right vest.

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