Hi-Visibility & Enhanced Visibility Clothing

Thousands of workers are exposed to potentially harmful working conditions every day, whether it's running heavy equipment on a construction site or repairing a pot hole on a federal highway. It's important that workers can always be seen to avoid serious or fatal injuries while on the job. AmeriPride offers a variety of quality Red Kap® Hi-Visibility apparel (also known as Hi-Vis or High Visibility) that makes workers not only safe, but compliant.

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Legally, the national rules and regulations for worker visibility must be followed whenever employees are exposed to potentially dangerous situations in low-light situations. These regulations are more specific and stringent than you may expect. For instance, many reflective or bright work uniforms are “enhanced visibility” uniforms, but not hi-visibility uniforms. This means they provide better visibility but do not meet American National Standards for High-Visibility Safety Apparel and Headwear.

It can be tough to track down uniforms that both meet all the required standards and are comfortable, flexible and durable enough to be practical on-the-job. That’s why AmeriPride stays on top of the most current national standards for both hi-visibility and enhanced visibility, and stocks only the highest quality uniforms that measure up to those standards. When you partner with AmeriPride, not only are you legally and ethically covered, you get the highest quality uniforms anywhere in the industry. 

If you’re interested in the national standards for worker visibility or want to figure out if you’re currently complying with them, see the technical descriptions below. If you’re still not sure whether or not you need hi-visibility (and not just enhanced visibility) uniforms, please feel free to reach out to us with any questions.


Hi-Vis Clothing Laws

All workers, including emergency responders, within the right-of-way who are exposed either to traffic (vehicles using the highway for purposes of travel) or to work vehicles and construction equipment within the TTC zone shall wear high-visibility safety apparel that meets the Performance Class 2 or 3 requirements of the ANSI/ISEA 107-2004 publication entitled “American National Standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel and Headwear” (see Section 1A.11), or equivalent revisions, and labeled as meeting the ANSI/ISEA 107-2004 standard performance for Class 2 or 3 risk exposure, except as provided in Paragraph 5. A person designated by the employer to be responsible for worker safety shall make the selection of the appropriate class of garment. 2009 Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices Sect. 6D.03


ANSI/ISEA Apparel Standards

The American National Standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel and Headwear (ANSI/ISEA 107-2010) is a standard established by American National Standards Institute. Construction, maintenance, utility, emergency responders, airport ramp personnel and other workers are routinely exposed to the hazards of low visibility while on the job.


What is Enhanced Visibility?

Enhanced Visibility garments are designed to improve wearers’ visibility, but do not meet ANSI 107-2004 or ANSI 107-2010. This could be because they do not have reflective striping for nighttime visibility, or because they have body fabric or reflective striping that does not meet ANSI 107-2004 or ANSI 107-2010 requirements. The background material is to be highly conspicuous, but not intended to comply with the requirements of ANSI 107-2004 or ANSI 107-2010 standard for retro-reflective material. Typically these garments are worn by workers in a lower risk environment.

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