september 2020

FSM September 20

Inside the September Issue



High-Visibility Safety
Apparel Revisited

If you work in a street or highway rightof- way and you’re exposed to traffic or construction equipment, you must wear a
highly visible upper-body garment in accordance with high visibility garments (437-002-0134(7)or 437-003-0134(7),
the requirements are identical).

Emergency responders and law enforcement officers must also wear highvisibility apparel after an emergency has passed and they’re doing traffic control, cleanup, investigations, or similar tasks. Does a worker changing a tire, or a delivery truck driver who is making a delivery, need to wear a high-visibility upper body garment? Either one of these workers may be required to wear high-visibility apparel, depending on their exposure; they may be able to eliminate the exposure during the course of their work.

High-visibility apparel is usually not required for workers such as parking lot attendants and warehouse workers who do not have street or highway exposure; however, wearing the garment makes them more visible. Employers should assess their employees’ risk of exposure and make the determination.

What to wear
When you must wear a high-visibility upper-body garment, Oregon OSHA rules require that the colors of the vest (such as
strong red, orange, yellow, and yellowgreen) must contrast with other colors in the area sufficiently to make you stand out. The garments must also reflect from all sides for 1,000 feet, during hours of darkness.

Most employers whose employees are exposed to vehicle traffic follow The American National Standard for High- Visibility Safety Apparel and Headwear, (ANSI/ISEA 107-2010), which sets the performance criteria for high-visibility apparel.

This safety apparel consists of background material, retroreflective material, and combined-performance material:
Background material is “colored fluorescent material intended to be highly conspicuous, but not intended to comply with the requirements... for retro-reflective material.”

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