NEW ANSI/ISEA 107-2015 Beefs Up FR Labeling Requirements for Hi-Vis Safety Apparel

As of this date, ANSI has approved an update to the ISEA 107 standard, which will be titled ANSI/ISEA 107-2015, American National Standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel and Accessories.

The new language makes it harder to claim “FR” for melting materials (some manufacturers still do this for melting polyester). The committee has been opposed to this for some time, but a few of the lower quality companies still label using ASTM D6413 or NFPA 701 or other standards inappropriate for anything which could be exposed to flame or arc flash events.  This is still a problem in chemical suits and disposable suits.  New standards from ISEA and ASTM should help.

The ANSI/ISEA 107 standard provides design requirements and minimum performance criteria for high- visibility apparel used by end-users who work in low-visibility work environments. Construction workers, first responders, and utility workers are some of the people who benefit the most from wearing high-vis clothing.

Testing to ANSI 107 covers the design of the high visibility apparel, the background material, retroreflective material, and combined-performance retroreflective materials.

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The published standard should be available on the ISEA e-store by the end of this week.

Hugh Hoagland

Hugh Hoagland

Hugh Hoagland is the foremost tester of clothing and PPE exposed to electrical arcs and is an arc flash expert. Read more about Hugh.

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