ANSI 107-2004 Standards for High-Visibility Safety Apparel

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has developed a standard for high-visibility safety apparel that uses classes to determine the approriate reflectivity level of a garment for the environment the worker is in.  The classes are as follows:

Class 1 Garments are intended to be used in activities in which the worker has full and undivided attention to approaching traffic.  There should be a separation of the worker from the traffic and the traffic should not be traveling over 25 miles per hour.

Class 2 Garments are intended to be used where greater visibility is required during poor weather conditions or in work environments with risks that exceed class 1 environments.  Class 2 garments should also be used when the workers attention may be diverted from traffic or they are in close proximity to vehicles traveling 25 miles per hour or higher.

Class 3 Garments have the highest level of visibility.  They are used in situations where workers face serious hazards and often have high task loads that require attention away from their work.  Class 3 garments should provide enhanced body visibility, especially in the arms and legs.



ANSI 207-2006: American National Standard

for High-Visibility Public Safety Vests

This public safety vest standard was created in response to public safety user group demand in 2005 for a high visibility safety vest garment differentiated from ANSI/ISEA 107-2004 compliant apparel. The primary concern was a need for flexibility of designs that would provide tactical capability not achievable with ANSI 107 garments. Additionally, user groups expressed a desire to have a high visibility garment standard intended for law enforcement and emergency responders that would be distinct from ANSI 107, therefore avoiding interchangeability with “construction vests”.

After receiving guidance from the National Traffic Incident Management Coalition, the ANSI Reflective Products Committee began drafting the new standard in November 2005. The standard was approved by committee and ISEA (International Safety Equipment Association) in November 2006.



Significant Differences with the ANSI 107 standard

The primary distinction of the ANSI 207 standard is that the required fluorescent background material (450 in2) falls between ANSI 107 Class 1 (217 in2) and ANSI 107 Class 2 (775 in2). This difference allows for design accommodation of equipment belts. The new standard also allows for design flexibility to incorporate colored panels to enhance easy, on-scene identification of wearers, as well as other options such a shoulder break-aways.

Please note: In ANSI 207, the minimum area of required retroreflective area is 201 in2, same as the ANSI 107 requirement.


ANSI/ISEA 207-2006 Summary Points
  •    ANSI 207 is a new standard with a specific name, “Public Safety Vests” (PSV).
  •    Area requirements for fluorescent background material falls between ANSI 107 Class 1 and Class 2.
  •    A lesser background area requirement allows for short designs giving tactical access to equipment belts.
  •    Retroreflective area requirements are the same as those for ANSI 107.
  •    ANSI 207 is not intended to replace, or be interchangeable with ANSI 107 Class 2 apparel. Law enforcement officers performing traffic control duties are still encouraged to follow ANSI 107 Class 2 or Class 3 guidelines whenever possible.
  •    The new standard suggests use of many design options, such as breakaways, colored identifiers, loops, pockets, badge holders, and ID panels.
  •    The design options are intended to encourage innovative ways to meet end-user needs for design functionality, while still offering an effective high visibility safety garment.

(Information gathered from Carolina Safety Sport - a major U.S. manufacturer of high-visibility apparel)