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High Visibility Apparel Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


What am I required to wear for safety apparel?

According to the Iowa Department of Transportationís (DOT) specifications, all contractor workers are required to wear ANSI 107-2004 Class 2 safety apparel any time they are on foot within the right of way (open or closed road). The background color of this apparel can be fluorescent yellow green, fluorescent orange red or fluorescent red at the contractorís discretion. The Iowa DOT specifications were changed to comply with the November 24, 2006 Worker Visibility Federal Highway Administration's rule making.

Do flaggers have different requirements?

Yes, flaggers have different safety apparel requirements, which are stated in the Flaggerís Handbook. During daytime hours, they are also required to wear ANSI 107-2004 Class 2 apparel AND a soft cap meeting ANSI 107-2004 headwear requirements (unless a hard hat is required by OSHA). During nighttime hours in addition to the daytime safety apparel, flaggers are also required to wear ANSI 107-2004 Class E pants.

What about labels?

Any ANSI 107-2004 apparel is required to include a marking or have an affixed label stating the class of the apparel so that garment can be easily checked for compliance.

What does ANSI stand for?

The American National Standards Institute.

Where can I find more information about safety apparel?

Where can I purchase safety apparel?

A list of high visibility safety apparel vendors and suppliers can be found on the Iowa Department of Transportationís Office of Construction Web site.

Can I order the ANSI manual?

Yes, use the ANSI /ISEA 107-2004 American National Standard for High Visibility Safety Apparel and Headwear manual order form.




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