Regulations change from country to country, what one may consider illegal others may let slip but when it comes to safety, must countries agree on the ways to protect their citizens. Some standards are accepted by construction companies and unions on every country and they dictate how things should get done, this is the case of ANSI 107.
What is ANSI 107?
ANSI or American National Standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel and Accessories, is a voluntary standard and guideline that establishes the ideal designs and materials required for the creation of functional high visibility clothes.
The ANSI divides the garments in four classes or categories based on the visibility and design.
· Type O (Class 1): The lower class, does not offer high visibility and it is to be wore on off-road work.
· Type R (Class 2): It is the minimum required for workers near a road or in charge of traffic control. The material make of high visibility clothes that define better the figure.
· Type P (Class 3): Offers a higher visibility to the individual, the reflective material is visible in multiple areas. A worker must have long sleeves for it to be considered a class 3 garment.
· Class E: This category includes any garment that can not be included on the previous one. A Class E garment must be part of an ensemble.
Is ANSI mandatory?
It is not. ANSI is a voluntary guideline that was created after several people on the industry reached a consensus. However, it is proven that employers that follow ANSI pass the inspections from their local governments and reduces the incidents on their work places.
Employers should consider achieving the ANSI compliance since it is the best way to not only protect their employees from accident but also to guarantee a passing grade on the inspections and the approval of the unions.
ANSI is a standard that gives the best to the employees because it is better to prevent accidents than to pay for the consequences.