The American National Standards Institute, or ANSI, has administrated and created regulations and 


standards around what can be used as safety wear. This includes workwear, work uniforms, and the reflective colored vests that many personnel in utility, construction, airport, and emergency industries wear. These standards are split into three classes, those being: class one, two and three. The higher the class you go up to, the heavier the garment, the more dangerous the situation they are required in. Class 2 safety vests are required in working environments that post a greater risk for personnel. This may include personnel who are working alongside roadways, airport baggage handlers, survey crews, and school crossing guards.

The Clothing Standards Behind Class 2 Vests

Class 2 vests must have at least 775 inches of background material that is either yellow or orange. They must also sport at least 201 inches of reflective striping. These vests will always have pockets to store a phone, radio, or other tools. For class-two jackets, these must have full sleeves and must be hooded. The reflective material used on class 2 safety vests is also regulated. There must be one reflective band that goes around the entire torso, which needs to be present and offer visibility to others from all angles. It must also have reflective arm bands that are between the elbow and shoulder area, with another one being around the cuff of each sleeve of the jacket or vest. All garments must meet the above standards if it is to be used in a work environment. Those who wear ANSI approved workwear are less likely to get injured on the job or killed by moving vehicles while working. It also adequately allows other who are around to visibly see those who are wearing the safety wear, helping protect them as well.