ANSI-107-2004 HIGH VISIBILITY GARMENT STANDARD
1) What is the ANSI 107-2004 Standard?
Developed by the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) and published by the American National Standards Institute, Inc. (ANSI) in June 1999, the 107 standard is the accepted standard for the design and performance of High Visibility Safety Apparel. A copy of this document may be ordered from ISEA at
or by phone: 703-525-1695. The 1999 standard was updated
to the 2004 standard.
2) Why should my organization use ANSI compliant apparel?
The standard is based on many years of testing and evaluation of both reflective and fluorescent materials to determine what characteristics will provide the greatest visibility of the wearers and will also make them more conspicuous. People who wear ANSI 107 compliant apparel are much less likely to be injured or killed by moving vehicles or equipment than those who are wearing non compliant apparel. Many regulatory bodies have adopted the ANSI
107-2004 standard including the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) which recently began requiring any and all workers on ANY federally funded roadway to wear ANSI
107-2004 compliant apparel. This affects every organization that has personnel on the roadways.
3) How can I protect myself from the false claims being made regarding specific garments?
Currently the ANSI 107 standard does not require third party testing and certification of the finished garment. As a result there have been many manufacturers who are claiming their garments are compliant when they are not. You can protect yourself by requiring your supplier to provide a Third Party test certificate that shows the specific garment(s) you are buying have passed all the requirements of the ANSI 107 standard. You should be very careful with any manufacturer who is reluctant to provide third party testing results.
4. I realize you need 3rd Party test results
on the configuration of the garment. Is that the
only thing that needs to be 3rd party tested?
Not at all. The configuration of the retro-reflective
components are very important, but equally important
is the testing done on the fluorescent background
materials. During low visibility daylight hours, the
fluorescent background materials become the most
important part of your ANSI-107 garment. No
garment can be ANSI-107-2004 certified, without base
fabric testing for luminescence, chromaticity, fade,
5. Is it possible for a garment to be Class 3
without having sleeves?
No, under the ANSI 107-2004, a garment or
"vest" MUST have sleeves with retro
reflective components. Any garments that represent
themselves as Class 3 that do NOT have sleeves with
retro reflective components DOES NOT meet the current
6. What does a "independent
certification" look like. I have seen many
examples on the seller's letterhead, but they do not
look authentic. How will I know the difference?
Attached are examples of "pass" and
'fail" tests on garments. These are pulled on
products currently offered for sale. This are
examples only, and the garments could have been
retested since being posted on this site. If so, the
manufacturer should have the most current documents.
Click to view: PASS
7. There seems to be a great deal of
misinformation as it relates to 3rd party test
results. How can I be sure that my budget dollars are
being spent on a truly ANSI-107 3rd Party Tested
Attached is a partial listing of current ANSI-107
approved test labs. Each has a number where you can
call to get information on any garment. We suggest
only accepting 3rd Party tests from a certified test
lab that is listed, so you, the consumer, can verify,
if needed, that a garment meets current ANSI-107 2004
to view ANSI
approved test labs
For more info on the Federal Highway Administration requirements please consult the MUTCD (MANUAL ON UNIFORM TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES).
Please find attached the link to the FHWA MUTCD:
Reference Section 6 parts D.03 and E.02