§654(a)(1) requires flaggers and other workers exposed to vehicle traffic in construction zones, on excavation sites or on highways to wear high-visibility safety apparel. Bright vests with retroreflective designs can help drivers of motor vehicles or operators of equipment see workers near the path of travel.
What is a Class 3 safety vest?
Class 3 vest provides the most background material and the most retroreflective striping. In many cases, these vests have sleeves. These vests must have, at minimum, 1,240 square inches of safety yellow or safety orange background, and at least 310 square inches of reflective striping.
What defines a Class 2 safety vest?
An ANSI Class 2 safety vest is intended for working environments that pose a greater risk. This can include workers who are on a roadway where traffic is moving under 50 mph. These vests are larger than their class 1 counterparts because they require more high visibility and reflective areas to be present.
What is the OSHA standard 23 CFR 634 class vest?
All workers within the right-of-way of a Federal-aid highway who are exposed either to traffic (vehicles using the highway for purposes of travel) or to construction equipment within the work area shall wear high-visibility safety apparel.
Do you have to wear a vest on a construction site?
Does OSHA require safety vests on construction sites? No, OSHA does not require safety vests on construction sites. However, OSHA does have a general requirement that employers must provide workers with personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect them from job-related hazards.
What is the function of safety jacket?
Safety vest reduces the risk of accidents and fatalities in busy environments where there is vehicular traffic – in construction areas, marshaling yards and industrial premises. At locations such as these, safety vest work wear or PPE (personal protective equipment) is required by Health and Safety regulations.