The need to be seen is critical for worker safety, especially for workers who perform tasks on or near moving vehicles or equipment. By wearing high-visibility garments, workers can draw attention to themselves to prevent injuries and fatalities from struck-by hazards in complex work environments, when the ability to be seen at all times is necessary.
The American National Standard ANSI/ISEA 107-2015, High-Visibility Safety Apparel and Headwear is an industry consensus standard that specifies requirements for apparel and headwear that is capable of visually signaling the user’s presence. It was developed by the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) and first published in 1999. Since then, the standard has been recognized and compliance mandated by federal, state and local authorities as well as private industry entities. Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) requires nearly all workers in or near a highway right-of-way to wear garments that comply with the standard.
The broad acceptance of this standard led the public safety sector to ask ISEA to write a high-visibility standard that addresses the unique needs of their workers, including EMS personnel and police officers. In 2006, ISEA published ANSI/ISEA 207, American National Standard for High Visibility Public Safety Vests. Garments that meet this standard are now accepted by FHWA as an option for firefighters, emergency responders and law enforcement personnel to comply with its worker visibility rules.
ISEA has prepared this brochure to answer some of the commonly asked questions about the standards and their relationship to federal, state and local regulations; describe the changes in the 2010 revision to ANSI/ISEA 107, and explain differences between the ANSI/ISEA 107 and ANSI/ISEA 207 standards.