ANSI/ISEA Hi-Vis Safety Apparel Standards Update

ANSI/ISEA Hi-Vis Safety Apparel Standards Update

Liberty Glove & Safety (LGS) is an industry leader when it comes to safety equipment and safety solutions. We have a wide range of products including head to toe PPE. To showcase our commitment to safety standards, LGS consistently strives to meet the standards set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA). ISEA is a recognized, established and highly respected leader in the development of safety equipment standards in the United States and around the world.

The ANSI and the ISEA issue standards for high visibility safety apparel called the American National Standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel and Headwear (ANSI/ISEA 107). These standards are regularly revised every five years, considering the pace of research and technology when it comes to safety equipment. Since the last revision was in September 2015, a new revision to the Standards, aptly named the ANSI/ISEA Standards 107-2020. With the

107-2020 revision, LGS will have a rolling change effective Q2 of 2021 to meet the new ANSI/ISEA standards.

ANSI/ISEA Standards 107-2015 vs. ANSI/ISEA Standards 107-2020

When the ANSI/ISEA 107-2020 was released, it brought significant changes. Focusing on the following key elements:

  • Updated Label Markings
  • Single Use Disposable Coveralls
  • Flame Resistant Protective Clothing
  • Optional Testing for Overall Luminance

It added new garment high-visibility safety apparel (HVSA) types to its Class Definitions. Based on the new regulation ANSI/ISEA 107-2020, the Type-Performance Class garment designation was retained. The “Type designation” is based on the garment’s type of setting which it is expected to be used in. On the other hand, the garment’s “Performance Class” is based on how much materials are visible and the design attributes that have been used with the garment itself.

The old standards contained criteria for hi-vis accessories, these measures have been removed in the ANSI/ISEA 107-2020 revision because it is recognized the Type-Performance Class designation is more important to emphasize than the accessories configuration. Although the criteria for accessories has been removed, wearers of HVSA are still encouraged to use these accessories such as, but not limited to, gloves, hoods, and coverings for the head to make themselves more visible, and as a result, safer.

New standards for marking have also been added, with provisions on both general and specific markings. Specifically, products are now required to be marked on the product itself or on the attached labels. The markings must be permanent and must be durable for the maximum number of washings. The markings must include seven criteria enumerated in the ANSI/ISEA standards.

Design standards were also inserted, with an emphasis on ergonomics. Although the 2020 standards contain general apparel configuration rules for all garment types, specific configurations were also inserted for all the different types of garments along with their corresponding classes.

Criteria for Optional Features and Testing

Single-Use Disposable Coveralls

The new standards have also recognized the crucial importance of worker visibility in the context of work environments that soil the garments, hampering their ability to become more visible. Thus, new measures were added for single-use disposable coveralls.

However, this new standard configuration for coveralls still follows the minimum required amounts for material and the color requirements imposed on all HVSA. There are new requirements regarding the integrity of materials, but these requirements apply only to single-use disposable coveralls which require unique marking to make them more distinguishable.

Flame Resistant Protective Clothing

The ANSI/ISEA 107-2020 now also requires HVSAs to be marked as flame-resistant and to be tested according to any one of the following specifications or standards: ASTM F1506-19, ASTM F1891-19, ASTM F2302-10, ASTM F 2733-17, NFPA 1977, and NFPA 2112.

While the old standards contained test methods, these methods have since been updated to closely follow other tests for material integrity.

Optional Testing for Overall Luminance

Regarding the optional testing method for overall luminance, the new standard provides for ASTM E-1501-99 from 2004, Standard Specification for Nighttime Photometric Performance of Retroreflective Pedestrian Markings for Visibility Enhancement. In addition to this test, the 2020 standard provides specific settings in which garments must be tested according to ASTM E1501-99. Test results may be reported by manufacturers on an optional basis per the ANSI/ISEA 107 Declaration of Conformity.

  • Field view
  • Range of illumination
  • Measurements of luminous intensity

Finally, the 2020 standards have inserted a concept for the measurement of a garment’s overall nighttime luminosity. With this concept, an optional language was included so that the manufacturer can test nighttime luminosity according to ASTM E1501-99.

Download your free copy of the full ANSI/ISEA 107-2020 Report Here.

What Does This Mean for LGS | American ANSI/ISEA 107-2020 Revision

  1. Current ANSI/ISEA 107-2015 are still acceptable to use. LGS will have a rolling change effective Q2 of 2021
  2. Single-Use Disposable Coveralls – including requirements regarding the integrity of materials and identification
  3. Flame Resistant Protective Clothing- includes the same test marking requirements
  4. Overall Luminance – optional testing for conformity including field view, range of illumination, and measurements of luminance intensity
  5. Complaint High-Visibility Product Labels – Testing of number of washings is still required but no longer needs to be marked

Download your free copy of Liberty Glove and Safety’s ANSI/ISEA 107-2020 Overview Here.

LGS is excited to release 4 new safety vest styles from our HiVizGard™ Protective Apparel. These are all ANSI/ISEA 107-2020 compliant.

C16015

Class 2 Surveyor’s Vest with Black Bottom

  • Solid front and mesh back
  • 2” silver reflective stripes
  • Left and right mic tabs
  • Black bottom to conceal dirt and grime
  • Four outside pockets including clear ID pocket and pen pockets
  • Four inside pockets including hidden back pocket
  • Sizes: S-4XL
  • Available in Orange and Hi-Vis Green
C16016G

Class 2 Engineer Surveyor’s Vest

  • Solid front and mesh back
  • 2” silver reflective stripes with contrasting trim
  • Left and right mic tabs
  • Two grommets
  • Eight outside pockets including clear ID pocket, pen pockets, and spray-can pockets
  • Four inside pockets including hidden back pocket
  • Sizes: S-4XL
C16017

Class 2 Surveyor’s Vest

  • Solid front and mesh back
  • 2” silver reflective stripes with contrasting trim
  • Left and right mic tabs
  • Six outside pockets including clear ID pocket and pen pockets
  • Two inside pockets
  • Sizes: S-4XL
  • Available in Orange and Hi-Vis Green
C16032GB

Class 2 Surveyor’s Vest

  • Solid front and mesh back
  • 2” silver reflective stripes with contrasting trim
  • Left and right mic tabs
  • Four outside pockets including clear ID pocket and pen pockets
  • Four inside pockets including hidden back pocket
  • Sizes: S-4XL
  • Related: Available in Hi-Vis Green and Orange
  • Related: C16042 – Mesh front and back, Available in Hi-Vis and Orange – Sizes: S-4XL

 

As a leader in the PPE industry, Liberty Glove and Safety recognizes the importance of upholding ANSI/ISEA standards and their continual revisions. These standards are regularly revised with the latest research and technology. To meet the latest standard updates, we will have a rolling change for all our hi-vis apparel effective Q2 of 2021. As the PPE industry adopts these new standards, LGS will continue to align our safety products with latest ANSI/ISEA standards to keep our customers safe.

Gear up with HiVizGard™ as your hi-vis protective apparel solution. HiVizGard™ garments alert drivers or other vehicle operators of a worker’s presence, especially in low light and dark conditions. Applicable in general construction, airport workers, warehouse workers, road maintenance, and other industries, our products are engineered with comfort and style without compromising safety. Now compliant with ANSI/ISEA 107-2020 standards, find our full HiVizGard™ Protective Apparel product offering at our Liberty Glove and Safety website here.

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