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ANSI Class 3 High Visibility Safety Vests

ansi class 3 high visibility safety vests
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.
As a major retailer of high visibility safety garments, HiVis Supply stocks a variety of ANSI Class 3 gear, including the newest and most popular styles from the industry's top brand names. Shop or browse our selection of ANSI Class 3 Safety Vests today and save on safety!

ML Kishigo Black Series Safety Vests: B100 and B500

ml kishigo black series safety vestsAs one of the first manufacturers to introduce black safety vests to the global market, ML Kishigo is continuing on with the development of these popular products to bring you a broad selection of stylish, durable and visibility-enhancing garments.
Due to their design which features black background fabric, these vests aren't ANSI Compliant. However, since they have the same level of reflective striping as ANSI Class 2 & 3 garments, they're still very effective at improving visibility in a variety of environments where ANSI-rated garments aren't a requirement. They're an excellent solution for equipment operators, land surveyors, utility workers, public safety officials, emergency response and many similar occupations. The black design does a wonderful job at hiding the appearance of dirt and grime while providing a more stylish appearance than traditional orange and yellow safety vests. While visibility might not be as high as ANSI Class vests, the Black Series Safety Vests definitely provide an exceptional level of contrast.

ML Kishigo B100 Black Series Multi-Pocket Safety Vest

Made from a lightweight polyester mesh fabric with a zipper-front closure, the B100 safety vest is your basic safety vest for universal use. Equipped with plenty of pockets including dual inside patch pockets, dual outer chest pockets and dual lower flap pockets, it offers plenty of storage space. The 1-inch reflective striping sits over a 2-inch contrasting yellow background, giving you plenty of visibility for ordinary job sites. The lightweight design makes it breathable and perfect for the summer months, but it can also be worn over a jacket during colder temperatures. You can learn more and get your own ML Kishigo B100 Safety Vest here, for just $19.15 right now.

ML Kishigo B500 Black Series Professional Utility Safety Vest

The B500 Professional Utility Vest is a step up from the B100 and features a specialized design for utility workers. Made from a lightweight poly-cotton fabric, it has a solid front and mesh back for improved strength and excellent breathability. This zipper-front vest has 2-inch reflective striping laid over a 3-inch yellow contrasting stripe, giving great reflective properties. Equipped for the worker, foreman or supervisor, the vest has dual microphone tabs for hands-free communication on the job site. Dual lower flap pockets, a 2-tier left chest pocket with flap, an inside radio/cell pocket and a inside tablet pocket allow this vest to be utilized for a variety of tasks. Learn more about the ML Kishigo B500 Safety Vest here, and get your own for just $55.60 today.
Since these enhanced visibility vests don't meet ANSI requirements, we can't say they're perfect for everyone but they are a great option for anyone looking to stay safe. Just because ANSI isn't required on your job doesn't mean you shouldn't strive for optimal visibility, and since we know that many of you don't like the bright orange and yellow safety vests, the Black Series Safety Vests might be the perfect product that you don't mind wearing every day. After all, they are pretty darn cool looking!

High Visibility Safety Vests for Every Job

high visibility safety vestsWhether you're new to your industry or have decades of experience, chances are that high visibility safety vests are a requirement in your workplace if you're reading this. From forklift drivers and heavy equipment operators to construction, road work, utility work and a seemingly endless number of trades and specialty jobs, ANSI rated safety vests are an important part of keeping you safe by improving visibility and reducing your risk of an injury or accident.
While some jobs have different requirements than others such as FR (fire-resistant) protection or full-body ANSI Class visibility, there's no doubt that the goal of those requirements is keeping you and your co-workers safe. Manufacturers have created an abundance of styles and designs to cater to the comfort and convenience of the world's workers; there are safety vests that exist for practically any application and they feature practical options to make your specific job as easy as possible. From strategically placed pockets to reinforced elbows, microphone clips, waterproof zippers and D-rings, the vest you need is out there and all you have to do is find it.
At HiVis Supply, we specialize in making your quest for the perfect safety vest as simple as possible. Our large warehouse stocks the latest & most popular inventory of safety vests from the world's top manufacturers. We carry everything from non-ANSI to ANSI 3 vests in all sizes, colors and styles. The goal of our business is offering you an unbeatable selection of the best products on the market, all under one roof. We have bulk discounts on safety vests for those who run large crews or industrial jobs, and we're happy to try and assist our customers with custom order requests. Likewise, we're also the perfect place to shop for the average worker who's looking for an incomparable selection that can be browsed & shopped from the convenience of the web.
Our brands include ML Kishigo, Viking, GSS, Tough Duck, 3S Safety, Ergodyne, Work King, PIP, Utility Pro, DeWalt, and more. We have competitive pricing, fast shipping, and unparalleled customer service. Our client base is large, loyal, diverse, and spans all corners of the globe, which means that we regularly help people get the safety vests that they can't find locally. We're here to give you the best selection possible, and we continually add the newest and most useful products to our inventory as soon as they become available.
If you're looking for the best choice to shop for your new high visibility safety vests, you know where to start. All you have to do is click here to get started browsing. Remember, good equipment always makes your job easier, safer and more productive. Be safe out there!

ML Kishigo Mossy Oak Infinity Break-up Safety Vest

The Mossy Oak Infinity Break-up Safety Vest by ML Kishigo brings the brand's known high visibility technology together with style and functionality. Instead of the "same old" safety vest design, ML Kishigo has created a vest with a unique camouflage lower area that add a bit of personality while aiding to hide dirt in a high-contact area.
Check out the video below to see the features and benefits of this newly released safety vest.

The ANSI Class 2 compliant vest is equipped with helpful features such as an inside pocket that's perfectly sized for a tablet, and a microphone tab on the lest chest pocket to simplify the use of hands-free communication at work. Outer cargo pockets provide ample storage space on this vest, while a dual-tier pencil pocket is ideal for miscellaneous storage including a walkie-talkie, radio or a cell phone.
Mossy Oak Infiniti Break-up Safety Vests are made from ML Kishigo's signature Ultra-Cool Mesh to provide maximum air flow to the body, even during periods of extreme heat. 2-inch vented reflective striping enhances airflow and reflectivity while reflective edges offer additional safety for low light conditions.
The vest is available in orange or lime at HiVis Supply and can be purchased directly HERE.

High Visibility Safety Vests - Not Just for Roadworkers

You're driving down the highway and off to the side of the road you see workers. They might be building a new exit ramp, installing signage or even cleaning up trash along the roadside. One thing that's for sure is they'l be wearing a bright colored high visibility vest or clothing of some sort.
When we see those high visibility vests, often called hi vis vests, we naturally think of construction or road workers. While working on a high rise building or next to speeding traffic, we expect to see workers wearing them because they create awareness, raise visibility and improve safety - it's common sense. However, there are also a lot of other situations where hi vis vests are used on a daily basis for the same reasons. Behind the scenes, hundreds of thousands of workers each day are adorned in bright colored reflective safety apparel that helps them perform their job duties while putting them at a lower risk for accidents and injuries.
At first thought, you might not even be able to name a handful of jobs where hi vis vests and safety gear is used; and since there are so many, we've created a list to help you understand just how important their role is in protecting workers and preventing accidents. While there's too many to list entirely, here's a small sample of the various jobs where they're utilized.
warehouse workers
delivery truck drivers
roadway construction workers
utility workers
emergency responders
shopping cart retrieversrefinery personnel
utility workers
heavy equipment operators
general laborers
offshore rig workers
oil workers
railroad workers
emergency response personnel
rescue workers
salvage workers
foundry workers
crossing guards
racetrack personnel
factory workers
hazardous material handlers
security guards
firearms instructors
….and many, many more!
Any place where you can find a hazardous condition, heavy machinery, chemicals, dangerous landscapes, motorists, low-light conditions, extreme weather or moving parts, you can expect to see some sort of high visibility clothing on any workers who are in the area.
High visibility safety vests and apparel help to drastically reduce incidents, accidents and injuries that occur because of large objects, obstructed vision and other similar situations. The list above is only a small sample of occupations where hi vis gear is utilized, yet the uses are practically endless. Whether you're an employer or an employee, high visibility clothing and apparel could play a critical part in the well being of yourself or your business. If your workplace can benefit from mandating the use of high visibility apparel, consider adopting a plan that will be beneficial to everyone. Sit down with your employer, or call a meeting with your employees and discuss the safety benefits that hi vis clothing might be able to offer to individuals and your company.
For more information, product advice or to simply browse our inventory to familiarize yourself with the different types of high visibility safety gear, visit our website today at www.HiVisSupply.com

Hi Visibility Safety Vests

I see safety vests everywhere, partly because they're used everywhere, but partly because I write about safety vests and I'm always on the lookout to where they're being used.


The ironic thing about safety vests is, when used properly, and worn regularly, they save lives. but there's no evidence or statistics or reports that speak to, "there would have been an accident had this person not worn a safety vest."


The sad thing is, people do still get hurt, and people still do die because the don't wear their safety vests. And accidents do happen that cannot be controlled.


Others in the safety industry who also notice who and where hi visibility vests are being used can help by adding to the discussion. One such person is Dave Weber who writes Safety Awakenings.
The following is an excerpt from a blog article he wrote entitled 6 New Uses For High Visibility Vests.


Those bright yellow and orange high visibility vests aren’t just for roadway construction crews any more. I’m seeing them worn all over the place in business and industry these days. Employers have discovered that in certain high hazard work areas, it’s a good idea to have employees wear high visibility vests to provide an extra measure of protection.


Below is a listing of six situations that I feel require the wearing of high visibility vests:


  • All new production employees should be required to wear safety vests. I successfully implemented such a policy at two different companies. We required new employees to wear the safety vests during the first 30 calendar days that they worked for the company. Management did not have to enforce this policy, because the experienced employees came to believe in the policy so strongly that they enforced the rule themselves!

  • Certain handicapped or disabled production employees should be required to wear safety vests. At one company I worked for we had some factory employees who were deaf. The area where they worked was extremely dangerous. If an imminent danger were to occur, the deaf workers could not hear the warning shout, the alarm, or the horn. We required the deaf employees to wear high visibility vests. The other workers would watch out for the vest wearing deaf workers and give them an extra wide berth when working near them.

HiVis Ladies Softshell Jacket

This ANSI Class 2 high visibility soft shell jacket is from Utility Pro designed and sized specifically for ladies - to ensure both comfort and safety. The jacket features a durable, 320 gram fleece bonded polymide shell with fleece lining. The shell fabric is infused with DuPont™ Teflon® fabric protector. The fabric protector helps to resist and repel water grease and mud. The jacket design includes black accents to offer an attractive look. Other features include: hidden collar hood, zippered outside pockets, zipper front closure.


Available in high visibility Lime; in sizes S-2XL. ANSI/ISEA 107-2010 Class 2 compliant.

ANSI Labels For High Visibility Clothing

All safety vests, and other high visibility garments, come with a seemingly simple label which is oftentimes overlooked; but in actuality, is very important. The non-descript ANSI label provides the information needed to properly identify the key certifications of your safety vest. Outside of ensuring the vest you are wearing is certified for the ANSI high visibility requirements of your work environment, it also details care instructions for proper vest maintenance.Once all materials have been tested against performance requirements and certificates of compliance from a third party testing laboratory have been issued, apparel manufacturers then assemble garments according to the design guidelines in Section 6 of the standard for the appropriate class of garment. Only after all the materials’ performance and design requirements have been met, can a garment be labeled ANSI/ISEA 107-2004 compliant. Garment labeling, general marking and instructions for use are described in Sections 10 to 12 of the ANSI/ISEA 107-2004 standard.


Markings on the garment label should include the following information: 

  • Name, trademark, or other means of identifying the manufacturer or authorized representative.

  • Designation of the product type, commercial name or code.

  • Size designation. 

  • Number of this specific ANSI/ISEA standard (ANSI/ISEA 107-2004, ANSI/ISEA 207-2006, etc). 

  • Pictogram showing the garment Class and Level of performance for the retroreflective material. 

  • Care labeling with FTC symbols and maximum cycles for the cleaning process. 

  • Instructions for use (if applicable).


A good understanding of your vest’s certifications and intended use can all be obtained by a quick evaluation the ANSI garment label. HiVis Supply is a reseller of high visibility apparel; including: ANSI approved clothing, safety vests, traffic vests, hi-vis vests, ANSI Class 2, ANSI Class 3, ANSI 107-2004, ANSI 207-2006, ANSI Class E, public safety vests, incident command vests, specialty vests, survey vests, safety pants, high visibility t-shirts, high visibility jackets, sweatshirts, coats, windbreakers and rainwear. View our product selection.

HiVis In the News

Ronald Gary Taunton, a 20-year employee of East Alabama Paving in Opelika, died instantly after he was run over by a dump truck. Authorities believe Taunton was directing heavy equipment on a work site with the highway department when he apparently failed to move out from behind a Lee County truck as it was backing up. Authorities reported that Taunton was wearing his safety vest and the backup alarm on the truck was working properly.

The coroner said in a press release that the incident is being investigating “as an accident” by Auburn police, the coroner’s office and the Alabama Medical Examiner’s Office.

Comprehensive Safety Analysis

Starting in the summer of 2010, FMCSA will implement comprehensive safety analysis 2010 CSA 2010, which is designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of FMCSA’s enforcement and compliance program.

How Will This Change Affect Drivers?

* Unsafe carrier and driver behaviors that lead to crashes will be identified and addressed

* All safety-based roadside inspection violations will count, not just Out-of-Service (OOS) violations

* Drivers will be more accountable for safe on-road performance — good news for drivers with strong safety performance records

What can drivers do to prepare for the change?

1) Know and follow safety rules and regulations

2) Become knowledgeable about the new Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs) and how FMCSA will assess safety under CSA 2010

3) Keep copies of inspection reports

4) Learn about employers’ safety records

5) Visit the CSA 2010 website

The Basics of Surveying

Surveying is defined as the art, science, and technology of detecting the relative position of points at, above, or below the surface of the earth; or establishing such points. Ultimately, a surveyor determines land boundaries. They also determine boundaries of roads to be built, help make sure skyscrapers are being erected vertically and measure airports so that the runways are perfectly aligned and smooth. Land surveying is commonly, and comically, referred to as the world's second-oldest profession.

Surveyors also map:

- topography of land for engineering design
- establish elevations of home sites for flood insurance
- perform title surveys for real estate transactions
- certify that structures are built according to design
- lay out buildings and subdivisions
- map river bottoms for dredging
- lay out photo control for aerial photography and photogrammetry
- write legal descriptions to describe pieces of property
- map and layout corridors for tunnels, roads, airports, pipelines, cellular networks and railroads

Being a surveyor means having a full understanding of the inexactness, uncertainty, and variable nature of measurement. This creates the professional attitude needed to constantly seek new evidence, and consequently a higher probability of approaching the truth or proving something with confidence. As an analyst of both measurement data and boundary location evidence, the surveyor is in a position to develop a keen sensitivity to the importance of finding and applying the truth.

HiVis Supply is a reseller of high visibility apparel including: ANSI approved clothing, safety vests, traffic vests, incident command vests, specialty vests, survey vests, high visibility t-shirts, high visibility jackets, sweatshirts, coats, windbreakers and rainwear.

School Crossing Guards

Safety is an important issue for everyone, but an often overlooked occupation where workers put their lives on the line every day - well, one every school day - is the often un-noticed, and under-appreciated, school crossing guard.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) defines a crossing guard as someone who directs traffic (both pedestrian and vehicular) on streets, at schools, and at railroad crossings and construction sites. In 2007, there were an estimated 70,000 school crossing guards employed nationally, and in the years between 1993 to 2006, there were 97 school crossing guard fatalities, or almost 7 a year. This may not seem like a lot of deaths, but these men and women put their lives on the line each day to keep our children safe.

Additionally, the state of Florida reports that in 2006, 39% of all 16 and under pedestrian fatalities occurred between 3 and 7 pm. Of the 516 fatalities, 104, or (20%) were pedestrians - usually children. In an effort to lower these numbers, the state trains crossing guards to:
• Use proper crossing techniques consistently
• Encourage patterns of proper crossing behavior by students
• Deter students from committing unsafe/unlawful acts
• Recognize and report hazardous conditions
• Take proper actions in an emergency
• Know their responsibilities and limitations of authority
• Exhibit professionalism and instill confidence
• Earn students’ respect

In a New Jersey report, other factors attributing to motor-vehicle related injuries include among school crossing guards include:
• Unsafe driving
• Parents rushing to and through the school zone
• Distracted driving including cell phones, eating, drinking and smoking

As parents, let's respect school crossing guards, the men and women who serve our children every day and make sure they get to cross the street safely. As drivers, let's start paying attention to school zones, and wait to send that text message, or wait to eat the fast food when we get home.

At HiVis Supply, we are proud to resell high visibility apparel including incident command vests, safety vests, and traffic vests, as well as traffic safety accessories and ANSI compliant vests for crossing guards, pedestrian crossing and speed limit signs.
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