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ANSI Reflective Safety Vests - the simple version.
ANSI (American National Standards Institute) and ISEA (International Safety Equipment Association)
developed high visibility clothing standards for safety apparel. These standards were designed to
protect workers on job sites, federal highway workers, and emergency responders.
The difference between classes of ANSI safety vests is in the amounts of required visible background
material and retro-reflective material.
ANSI Class 2 vests have 775 square inches of background material and 201 square inches of retroreflective
material (1.375 inch reflective stripes). These sleeveless vests are required for workers
on sites around traffic going 25 mph or higher and workers near heavy machinery.
ANSI Class 3 vests offer greater visibility than Class 2 vests. ANSI Class 3 vests have 1240 square
inches of background material and 310 square inches of retro-reflective material
(2 inch reflective stripes). All Class 3 vests have sleeves. These are required for workers near traffic
that exceeds 50 mph. The fact is there is no Class 3 vest unless you wear a size 4XL.
Class 3 (or Class III) “vests” are designed to provide the highest level of visibility in extreme weather
situations and around traffic going more than 50 mph. They are required to have 1,240 inches of
fluorescent background fabric and 310 inches of reflective material. That much fabric is going to make
one heck of big vest. That’s why the typical garment that meets the minimum Class 3 requirement is
actually a short sleeve shirt with reflective tape.
So what are the differences between Class 2 and Class 3 vest requirements?
About 465 square inches of fluorescent material and about 109 inches of reflective tape.
Class 3 vests are designed to provide great visibility during intense weather such as hurricanes or
blizzards, or to be worn by emergency personnel and traffic teams working on freeways and highways.
Class 2 vests are designed for moderate risk: school crossings, parking lots, traffic direction. Because
of the less stringent requirements, they are smaller than Class 3 vests.
ML Kishigo - Black Series Class 2 T-Shirt - 9114-9115
Microfiber moisture wicking polyester
2" wide silver reflective breathable material
Breathable reflective tape reduces "hot spots" and increases flexibility
Black side panels
Left chest pocket
ANSI/ISEA 107, Class 2 compliant
Lime (9114), Orange (9115)