Workers can sometimes be in situations that require a certain type of safety apparel. ANSI products are certified by the American National Standards Institute and that organization ensures that their products are of the highest standards. They also correlate with internationally accepted standards, which means they have worldwide approval. If employees must work in circumstances where they need to be highly visible, ANSI safety vest are the best bet.

Class One

The vests are classed by the various situations in which they may be necessary. If the worker will be relatively safe from moving traffic, he or she can use a Class One. For instance, this is the choice for warehouse workers, especially if there are forklifts and other equipment being used. This apparel is also safe for sidewalk workers and parking attendants as well as employees who retrieve shopping carts from store parking lots.

Class Two

If traffic will be moving faster than 25mph, workers will need to advance to Class Two. It is also the ANSI class 2 safety vest used when visibility is diminished by weather conditions. This class is worn by those who work on the tarmac at airports, policemen who must conduct traffic and they are also used by crossing guards.

Class Three

Highest visibility is achieved when workers are wearing a Class Three vest. These are used for the worst weather conditions and also in situations where traffic speeds will exceed 50mph. Road construction employees on the ground or in a vehicle wear this apparel as well as investigators of accident sites. You’ll also see these vests on emergency medical teams when they are in certain situations that require higher visibility. Both Class Two and Three are worn by railway workers.


The various classes are regulated by high standards. Visibility is extremely important, of course, but there must also be retro-reflective bands of a certain width. The width standard for Class One must be one inch or greater, the requirement for Class Two is 1.38 inches or more, and Class Three must be at least two inches. Various situations require different levels of visibility and these standards are established by the classes.


The brightest colors are used: fluorescent green, yellow, or orange. Clear and visible contrast is established with the reflective material, which can also be white or gray. Fabric or mesh materials are used in these products or sometimes, a combination of both. There are also styles that offer a specific outline contrast.


Style names are by class or they can also include names such as Economy, Public Service and Incident Command Safety. It is also possible to find jackets or t-shirts that are able to meet the highest standards. There are products available with pockets and zippered fronts, too.