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The Security Features Of ANSI Class 2 Work Gear

ANSI Class 2 clothing is required protective apparel that must be worn by workers who are in high risk industries. Each different industry requires special clothing, such as one sees worn by a person on a road construction project. ANSI is an abbreviation for the American National Standards Institute which has this type of clothing in three different classes.

These garments are worn by personnel in a wide range of industries. Airport ramp workers, road workers, police and emergency personnel, firefighters, construction workers, and utility workers are all included in this class. These are individuals who are in high-risk occupations and are identified by their reflexive gear that includes outerwear, safety vests, rain wear, shirts, and safety vest. This makes them more visible at night as well as in low-light and daylight conditions.

Garments must have reflective materials that cover 775 square inches. It generally has a full jacket with hood and long sleeves. The background materials are fluorescent in color so they stand out conspicuously, although they are not necessarily reflective. Generally they will be found in yellow and green, orange and red, or just fluorescent red. It's important that the color selected contrast sharply with the color in the work environment as well as the colors of the vehicles used at the work site. This is so workers can be easily distinguished from the background.

The reflective tape required must be a specific length and width on these garments. Reflective bands must be around the arms as well as the torso, separated by two inches. The arm bands must appear between the elbow and shoulder as well as on the cuff of the sleeve. This is a specific type of tape that will be secure as well as reflective. It also must be able to withstand rain and adverse conditions that often apply to people who are engaged in outside work.

There are additional requirements regarding the reflectivity of the material used and garments must be tested for various characteristics. These include cold temperature folding, flexibility, reflective nature after washing, resistance to abrasion, and performance in the rain. These are all conditions in which workers may find themselves so ensuring they are safe in various environmental conditions is important.

Even more testing is then done by a third party regarding the basic material used in the garment. If it passes all testing, it is labeled, instructions included and packaged. The manufacturers who produce this kind of safety gear must provide certification that they meet all required standards.

This type of gear is divided by class according to what kind of occupation the worker is engaged in. For people who work where traffic exceeds 25 mph or there is heavy machinery involved a class 2 vest would be required. A person engaged in working where there is traffic over 50 miles an hour it would be required to wear a class 3 vest.