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Frequently Asked Questions
Are high-visibility clothing and PPE really necessary?
What makes high-visibility clothing visible?
What are the different ANSI classes and requirements for high-visibility clothing?
- Class 1 - is worn for off-road use and requires 217 square inches of background material and 1-inch wide retroreflective materials
- Class 2 - requires 775 square inches of background material
- Class 3 - needs to have 1,240 square inches of background material and 2-inch wide retroreflective materials
What are the different types of PPE?
- Eye and face protection
- Head protection
- Foot and leg protection
- Hand and arm protection
- Body protection
- Hearing protection
When should high-visibility clothing and PPE be worn?
High Vis Series by ML Kishigo
Not all types of high vis clothing are the same. For instance, some kinds of safety wear are designed with special features that boost visibility or help maintain a clean appearance. This video provides an overview of some of the best high-visibility equipment by ML Kishigo and highlights some of their best features. For more information, check out this guide on choosing a personal protective equipment set for workers.
High-Visibility & Personal Protective Equipment
All kinds of hazards abound in construction zones and other outdoor job sites, which is why OSHA strictly requires workers to wear high-visibility and personal protective equipment. It includes vests, outerwear, pants, and accessories, which are all available for purchase here on Engineer Warehouse.
High-visibility garments and accessories have to meet the ANSI standards for background materials and reflective materials so that wearers can be easily seen in low light settings with struck-by hazards. They are also classified based on their ANSI certification: Class 2 garments for those working near roadways and Class 3 for those stationed on roads with high-speed traffic. Class E pants, gaiters, or bibs can be paired with Class 2 vests, shirts, or outerwear to create a Class 3 ensemble. Some high-visibility garments also offer flame resistance to provide machinists with arc flash protection.
Other than garments, there are also protective accessories that can enhance the visibility of wearers and provide them with additional protection in extreme weather conditions. These accessories include headwear, gaiters, gloves, climate shields, nape protectors, and sun shields.
These garments and accessories are made with polyester mesh for cool comfort, seam-sealed waterproof material for rain protection, or thick fabric for thermal insulation.