What are the requirements for safety vests in the right-of-way?

ANSI/ISEA Class 2 T-shirt and hard hat
ANSI/ISEA Class 2 T-shirt and hard hat.
The total cost for both is around $25

Since the release of the 2009 National Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), if you are working in the right-of-way of a highway, you need to wear clothing meeting performance class 2 or 3 requirements of American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) 107-2004. You can meet the requirement with vests, jackets, or even T-shirts, as seen in the photo on the right.

The most important point is that the clothing needs to have two conspicuous colors and a minimum amount of retroreflective material in the vest area. The background color can be EITHER orange or lime-green. Other color patterns are allowed if they are conspicuous enough. For more information on the standards, read the article "Road Work: Never Forget Safety" from our Fall 2012 Nuggets & Nibbles newsletter.

Resources

MUTCD Section 6D.03 Worker Safety Considerations

For more information on highway and work zone safety, visit the following websites:

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