Magazine article Occupational Hazards

ISEA Efforts Pay off in Safer Workers

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

ISEA Efforts Pay off in Safer Workers

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International Safety Equipment Association ISEA's constant message to lawmakers for better workplace health and safety rules is being heard. Since 1999, ISEA has been the leader in standards for high-visibility safety apparel for construction workers and others working near moving traffic. Now, the Administration has recognized the need for apparel that meets the American National Standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel and Headwear, ANSI/ISEA 107-2004.

FHWA Proposed Rule Mandates High-visibility Safety Apparel

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has proposed that anyone working in the right-of-way of a federally aided roadway project must wear high-visibility clothing that complies with the ANSI/ISEA 107-2004 standard for high-visibility safety apparel.

The definition of "workers" includes those who are exposed to highway traffic and moving construction equipment when they are not in the cab of motorized vehicles. In this rule, the term "workers" includes highway construction and maintenance forces, survey crews, utility crews, responders to incidents within the highway and any other personnel whose duties put them on or in the official limits of a federally-aided highway.

"High-visibility safety apparel" would be defined in law as the personal safety clothing that meets the class 2 or 3 requirements of ANSI 107-2004, the American National Standard developed and published by ISEA.

This proposed regulation would not preempt OSHA jurisdiction over workers. But the FHWA would withhold federal funds from any state that does not comply with this rule. The proposal was published in the Federal Register on April 24. Comments were due on June 23. States would have to be in compliance with the final rule two years after it is published.

ISEA Opens Comment Period for the Public Safety 'Hi-Viz' Vest

Law enforcement officers and public safety officials have special needs for high-visibility safety apparel. A new high visibility safety apparel standard for public safety officials has gone out for public review and the process is moving forward in accordance with ANSI procedures. To obtain a copy for review at a cost of $30, email your request to Cristine Fargo, standards@safetyequipment.org; the public review period is expected to close around July 31.

How is this standard different from the existing standard?

The new standard includes specific criteria for public safety officials, such as a side vent for immediate access to a holster and accessories for communications equipment. …

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