Safety vests are vital to the safety of anyone working in high-risk areas. They increase visibility for motorists, pedestrians, or coworkers during daytime working hours, nighttime hours, and even in the rain.

 

McClellan Sales offers OSHA and ANSI-approved safety vests for your company employees. Below we compare three types of safety vests: Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3.

 

Here’s a breakdown of the OSHA requirements:

Class 1 Safety Vests

Workers should use Class 1 safety vests in low impact areas, where drivers do not exceed 25 mph. Use them in areas where coworkers operating machinery is a good distance from the workers who are using them.

 

Examples of jobs where Class 1 vests are suitable include:

 

●        Valet parking attendants

●        Delivery company drivers

●        Roadside maintenance crews in areas with light traffic

 

Class 1 vests should contain the following:

 

●        155 square inches of reflective tape

●        6.46 linear feet of 2-inch tape or 9.39 linear feet of 1 ⅜ inch reflective tape

●        A 360-degree stripe that fits around the waist and above each shoulder

●        Safety yellow or safety orange tape

Class 2 Safety Vests

Workers should use Class 2 safety vests in areas with less visibility and medium traffic. Class 2 safety vests are designed for drivers and coworkers to see workers without any distraction.

 

Examples of jobs where Class 2 vests are suitable include:

 

●        Airport baggage handlers

●        Ground crew forestry workers

●        Attendants in large parking lots

●        Toll road workers

●        Law enforcement officers

 

Class 2 vests should contain the following:

 

●        201 square inches of reflective tape 2 inches in diameter

●        360-degree reflective strips over the shoulders and around the waist

●        8.373 linear feet of 2-inch tape or 12.2 linear feet of 1 3/3-inch tape

●        Safety yellow or safety orange tape

Class 3 Safety Vests

Workers should use Class 3 safety vests in areas where they are in proximity to heavy or high-speed (50 mph or over) traffic. These jobs are high-risk. Workers should take extreme precautions to make sure that those drivers and equipment operators can see them.

 

Examples of jobs where Class 3 safety vests are suitable include:

 

●        Accident site investigators or first responders

●        EMS or ambulance crews

●        Railway workers

●        Utility workers

●        Surveyor flagging crews

 

Class 3 vests should contain the following:

 

●        310 square inches of reflective tape 2 inches in diameter

●        360-degree reflective strips over the shoulders and around the waist

●        12.92 linear feet and 2-inches thick

●        Safety yellow or safety orange tape

●        Additional coverage around the arms and legs

 

Before purchasing safety vests, make sure that they are approved by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

 

Make sure that your vests are visible to the following:

 

●        Motorists

●        Coworkers

●        Pedestrians

●        Law enforcement

●        Anyone who is occupying the area that you are working in

 

If you are an employer, you should either provide vests for your workers or require that they purchase vests before they begin working in high-risk outside areas.

Purchase Your Safety Vests From McClellan Sales

If you are looking for high-quality safety vests for your employees, contact McClellan Sales. We offer OSHA and ANSI-approved vests for groups or individuals.

 

To find out more about our products, you can call us at 888-206-2569, or you can message us at sales@mcsales.com.