High visibility safety vests are an important aspect of workplace safety for anyone working in a hazardous environment. They ensure a higher level of visibility than normal clothing and decrease the likelihood of workplace accidents by making sure you can be seen among co-workers, equipment operators, motorists and others.
ANSI Class 3 high visibility safety vests provide the highest level of safety and are usually reserved for this working in the most dangerous environments. This includes busy roadways where traffic moves in excess of 50mph, however, class 3 garments can be used by anyone looking for optimal safety. They're very common among truck drivers or utility workers and anyone working in harsh weather conditions where visibility is substantially reduced. In fact, although your job might only require ANSI Class 2, many people opt for an ANSI Class 3 safety vests for the added protection they offer.
The requirements for ANSI Class 3 safety vests are an impressive 1,240 inches of high visibility background fabric (lime/yellow/orange) and 310 square inches of reflective striping. Due to the strict standards, ANSI Class 3 vests can often be larger than class 2 due to the required minimum surface area. Nearly all class 3 vests feature short sleeves to meet this requirement, often resembling a t-shirt more than the classic sleeveless vest design. Generally, they're equipped with more - or wider - reflective striping but this depends on the design.
ANSI Class 3 Vests are most commonly used by road workers, utility workers, brigde builders, miners, railroad workers and anyone working in close proximity to very large equipment. It's also especially common for marine workers, depending on their job tasks. Again, even though Class 3 garments may not be mandatory for your job duties, they offer the highest level of safety and visibility.
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