Listen up! The ANSI/ISEA 107-2015 Standards have recently changed. Published in February of 2016, it provides the updated requirements for several factors. Such as a change in classification type, labeling, and sizing. It’s available for download from the ISEA (International Safety Equipment Association) website. Which is partnered with ANSI, the American National Standards Institute. Both are important for ensuring safety to workers here in the US. We’ll be discussing the latest changes.
Some Key Changes to ANSI
First, the ANSI/ISEA 107 standard and the ANSI/ISEA 207 standard combined into one. Merging both standards into one to address all occupational tasks. It makes everything a little easier to understand. With all info on the ANSI standards grouped up. It was also needed for garment type classification. Which based on the work of environmental and the level of protection needed. Also important to note that safety garments labeled for 2010 and 2011 are still accepted for use.
The different Types and Classes are O1, R2/R3, and P2/P3. Type/Class of “O” is for Off-Road Use Only (Class 1). Basic visibility for people who are not in sight of traffic. Type “R” is for Roadway Use (Class 2 and 3). Better visibility for workers exposed to traffic. Or working against backgrounds that are complex. And Type “P” for Public Safety (Class 2 and 3). Good visibility for emergency responders or law enforcement. For those exposed to roadways as well.
Smaller Sizes, Rejoice!
Another change is the smaller sizing that is available. Which is big for the ANSI/ISEA 107-2015 Standards. Before, size medium would be the smallest size. Or the small sizes would be way too long because of the reflective material required. Now, with the new standards small can fit truer to size. A better fitting safety vest could prove vital for increasing safety.
Standard updates have included new garment tag changes. A new tag will need to include the Type and Class. Flame Resistance (FR) will also need notation if it the garment is or isn’t FR. To have the labeling for non-FR will make everyone safer. For workers or companies involved with flames.
In conclusion, the products themselves will not change whatsoever. It will only be the tags and descriptions about these items. Here are some of the garments that will be included in the changes to the ANSI/ISEA 107-2015 Standards. They are jackets, safety vests (includes economy safety vests), shirts, rainwear, coats, and sweatshirts. These changes may not have a noticeable impact on most workers. Though, it will allow a wider area of protection.