One of the benefits of wearing a uniform at work is that it can help keep workers safe. There are many types of work uniforms and they are designed specifically for the type of job to be done. Uniforms that are designed for safety have to meet certain requirements which are determined by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
ANSI describes this as apparel that “provides daytime and nighttime visual conspicuity enhancement for workers in occupational environments which pose struck-by hazards from moving vehicles, equipment and machinery, but which will not include exposure to traffic on public access highway rights-of-way or roadway temporary traffic control (TTC) zones. Workers who wear this type of garment may work in parking lots, warehouses, refineries, or mines.
According to ANSI, this is safety clothing that “provides daytime and nighttime visual conspicuity enhancement for workers in occupational environments which include exposure to traffic (vehicles using the highway for purposes of travel) from public access highway rights-of-way, or roadway TTC zones or from work vehicles and construction equipment within a roadway TTC zone.” People who work in road construction or are crossing guards wear Type R uniforms.
The ANSI standard states that this type of apparel “provides daytime and nighttime visual conspicuity enhancement for emergency and incident responders and law enforcement personnel in occupational environments which include exposure to traffic (vehicles using the highway for purposes of travel) from public access highway rights-of-way, or roadway TTC zones, or from work vehicles and construction equipment within a roadway TTC zone or from equipment and vehicles within the activity area.” Firefighters, law enforcement, and emergency responders wear safety clothing that meets Type P standards.
In addition to types, there are performance classifications for safety wear.
Performance Class 1 is used for off-road workers because it has the least amount of reflective and/or high visibility materials. Performance Class 2 is used on uniforms for workers who are exposed to roadways. Apparel in Performance Class 3 has the highest amount of high visibility material.
Employers must be aware of the ANSI standards and knowledgeable about the requirements for the jobs that employees perform. Wearing the correct and appropriate safety apparel is vitally important for the safety of the employees and those who are in the immediate environment.
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