How to Choose a Reflective Safety Vest
There are many different types of safety vests available, so choosing the right one can be confusing.
However, keeping a few basic things in mind can make the process much easier. The following is a list of different ways you can choose a reflective safety vest that's right for you. Choose by ANSI (American National Standards Institute) Class There are three different classes of safety vest. Class 1 vests are for the lowest risk level while class 3 vests are for the highest, with class 2 somewhere in between. If you are in a situation where traffic is traveling less than 25 miles per hour and you are a safe distance from roadways, a class 1 vest would be appropriate. On the other hand, if you working near roadways with traffic traveling in excess of 50 miles per hour or are working in blizzard conditions, a class 3 vest would be appropriate. Choose by Vest Type Safety vests come in a surprisingly wide variety including incident command vests, flame resistant vests, public safety vests, non-rated safety vests, economy vests, and surveyor vests, in addition to ANSI-rated class 1 through 3 vests. Vests are also available with pockets for custom laminated inserts and with personalized screen printing. Choose by Job Type Certain jobs require specific vests. For instance, emergency personnel and tow truck operators require a class 3 ANSI-rated vest while a construction worker doing sidewalk repair in a quiet residential neighborhood would only need a class 1 vest. There are many different types of jobs requiring class 2 vests such as crossing guards, survey crews, and airport baggage handlers. Keep in mind safety vests also vary in size, with class 1 vests being the smallest and class 3 being the largest (covering the most area) for best visibility. Keeping these methods in mind, you'll be able to choose the vest that's right for you.