To Establish The First Us Standard For High Visibility Garments

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To Establish The First Us Standard For High Visibility Garments

  1. 1. Presented by: Greg Hayward Vice President, General Manager ML Kishigo Manufacturing Chairman, ISEA High Visibility Products Group October 24 , 2006
  2. 2. Where we started. The ANSI/ISEA High Visibility Products Group <ul><li>Committee formed with 4 members in 1995 </li></ul><ul><li>Sole Purpose: To establish the first US Standard for High Visibility garments </li></ul><ul><li>ANSI/ISEA 107-1999 was developed </li></ul><ul><li>Its Origin: The European EN-471 (European Norm # 471) High Visibility Standard </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why was the standard needed? <ul><li>Increased roadway construction activity due to failing infrastructure of highways resulting in more foot traffic on the roadways and work zones </li></ul><ul><li>Therefore, increase in accidents </li></ul><ul><li>Incidents of other industries’ safety hazards (Trash collection, warehouse yards, airline and transport personnel) </li></ul><ul><li>Therefore, other industries recognized the need for high visibility garments to reduce struck –by incidents </li></ul>
  4. 4. Before ANSI/ISEA 107-1999 <ul><li>No Established Standard for High Visibility garments. </li></ul><ul><li>Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) had minimal or no requirements for workers performing tasks near moving equipment and vehicles. </li></ul><ul><li>High visibility components, background material and reflective material were not required to meet performance standards. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Materials faded rapidly losing the bright fluorescence initially intended. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Designs lacked torso coverage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflective materials were minimal on most designs. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Before ANSI/ISEA 107-1999
  6. 6. The ANSI/ISEA107-1999 becomes a reality <ul><li>ANSI/ISEA 107-1999 established performance criteria for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Background material </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflective material </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3 classes of performance </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Design objectives center around the human form; distinguishing workers form other work zone objects. </li></ul><ul><li>FHWA recognized the need for a nationally recognized standard </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2003 Edition of the MUTCD now includes ANSI/ISEA 107-1999 information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recommends all workers exposed to moving roadway traffic or construction equipment should wear an ANSI/ISEA 107-1999 garment. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flaggers shall wear a minimum of a ANSI/ISEA Class 2 garment. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. ANSI/ISEA 107-1999 Compliant Before ANSI 107-1999
  8. 8. Where are we today? <ul><li>29 Members strong </li></ul><ul><li>The largest product group in the ISEA </li></ul><ul><li>Made up of a diverse group companies </li></ul><ul><li>Current standard is ANSI/ISEA 107-2004 </li></ul>Garment Manufacturers: Import and Domestic Fabric Manufacturers Testing Labs
  9. 9. Growing Stronger. <ul><li>Aearo Technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Avery Dennison Corporation </li></ul><ul><li>Blauer Manufacturing Co., Inc. </li></ul><ul><li>Carolina Safety Sport International, LLC </li></ul><ul><li>ERB Industries </li></ul><ul><li>Ergodyne </li></ul><ul><li>GBI Protection Group </li></ul><ul><li>Iron Horse Safety Specialties </li></ul><ul><li>JPI </li></ul><ul><li>M.L. Kishigo Manufacturing Co. </li></ul><ul><li>LaCrosse Footwear, Inc. (new ’06) </li></ul><ul><li>Lakeland Industries </li></ul><ul><li>Logistical Services International, LLC </li></ul><ul><li>3M Company </li></ul><ul><li>MCR Safety </li></ul><ul><li>Mine Safety Appliances Company </li></ul><ul><li>NASCO Industries, Inc. </li></ul><ul><li>North Safety Products </li></ul><ul><li>OccuNomix International LLC </li></ul><ul><li>OK-1 Manufacturing Company </li></ul><ul><li>Orion Safety Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Reflec-USA Corporation. (new ’06) </li></ul><ul><li>Reflexite North America </li></ul><ul><li>Safe Reflections, Inc. </li></ul><ul><li>I. Spiewak & Sons, Inc. </li></ul><ul><li>Vizcon, LLC </li></ul><ul><li>4 participating associate members: </li></ul><ul><li>ArcWear.com </li></ul><ul><li>Hanes Industries </li></ul><ul><li>Militex, Inc. </li></ul><ul><li>Vartest Laboratories </li></ul>
  10. 10. ANSI Specifications Non-ANSI Specifications ANSI/ISEA 107-1999 State Participation.
  11. 11. ANSI Specifications Non-ANSI Specifications ANSI/ISEA 107-2004 State Participation.
  12. 12. Who’s Using ANSI Compliant Garments: Progress and Accomplishments <ul><li>Industries that have adopted the standard: </li></ul><ul><li>Construction & Road Building (DOT’s Municipalities) </li></ul><ul><li>Utility (e.g. Xcel Energy, Southern Ca. Edison) </li></ul><ul><li>Trucking (e.g. UPS, Mayflower Moving) </li></ul><ul><li>Transportation (e.g. Union Pacific, American Airlines) </li></ul><ul><li>Fire & Rescue </li></ul><ul><li>Police </li></ul><ul><li>EMS (Emergency Medical Services) </li></ul>
  13. 13. Work in Progress <ul><li>ANSI/ISEA 207-2006 Pubic Safety Standard – A modified version of the 107-2004 High Visibility Standard </li></ul><ul><li>Objective: Work with NTIMC (National Traffic Incident Management Coalition) to quickly establish a standard that specifies performance criteria for high visibility vests with specific features to address the needs of Public Safety employees. </li></ul><ul><li>Goal: Differentiate Police, Fire and EMS personnel from other non-related personnel. </li></ul><ul><li>Immediate identification </li></ul>
  14. 14. ANSI/ISEA 207-2006 Standard for Public Safety Vests <ul><li>Completed and published within 12 months </li></ul><ul><li>The standard will be printed and available in 2006. </li></ul>

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