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ANSI/ISEA 107-2010 Updates

Editors Note: At the time of this article's publication, ANSI/ISEA 107-2010 was the most current edition. Obtain the most current copy of the ANSI/ISEA 107 standard here.

Hi-vis flame resistant clothing is a staple part of personal protective equipment (PPE) for many workers in a variety of occupations. Like other flame resistant PPE, hi-vis  clothing must comply with regulated standards to ensure safety, often identified by a member of management, relevant to the task to be performed. FRSafety aims to provide information about the products we supply, and below is an overview of ANSI/ISEA 107 2010 which recently acknowledged the need for recognition of FR apparel. In regards to FR, hi-vis apparel, ISEA High-Visibility Products Group chairman Jim Teigen stated, “…Garments have evolved to address other needs of workers, such as flame resistant
properties. The inclusion of flame-resistance criteria as an optional feature is included in direct response to end-user requests.”

ANSI/ISEA 107-2010 was developed by the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) and published by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and is the generally accepted protocol for high-visibility protective apparel including: vests, shirts, and rain wear. This standard identifies the design, placement, labeling, and material requirements. Listed below are a few of the key requirements:
  • Background material must be luminescent. It is intended to be easily discernible from the wearer’s surroundings. Accepted fluorescent colors are: yellow-green, orange-red, and red.
  • Garments must achieve 360° visibility, including at least one retroreflective band encircling the torso.
  • There must be separation between reflective bands; these minimum separation requirements are dependent on performance class.
  • Materials must be tested for: colorfastness, luminance, brightness, dimensional change, tear resistance, and tensile strength.
  • Apparel should offer the wearer the maximum comfort while still complying with protective measures.
  • Garments should not contain rough edges that could cause irritation, and should be supplied in a wide variety of sizes for wearers of all body shapes.
  • Compliant apparel must be clearly labeled with the following information: manufacturer identification, ANSI/ISEA standard number, product code number, garment size, imagery depicting the garment class and performance level, washing instructions, and instructions for use.
  • Flame resistant garments must also include the letters “FR” followed by their compliance code, or must use the separate label indicated by the NFPA standard.*

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