Be Seen

Be Seen

Low visibility is a serious hazard for all workers who perform tasks near moving vehicles or equipment.

A wide range of occupations and industries use high visibility apparel to keep others vigilant of the movements and locations of workers. The luminous properties of high visibility garments use the sun’s ultraviolet light to radiate a more visible, brighter color. This material helps workers stand out during the day. However, when the sun goes down the material can lose some visual properties.

To increase visibility in lowlight conditions, retroreflective material is added to high visibility yellow or orange apparel. 3M® has pioneered the development behind retroreflection, and unlike mirror reflection, retroreflective material is brightest by returning light in the direction of which the light source is coming from, enhancing the contrast of persons wearing the material. For example, this material appears brightest to an observer located near the original light source, such as a car’s headlights. By returning a large amount of reflected light directly to the original light source, visibility is increased at night and in lowlight conditions.

Standards of high visibility have been established to combat low visibility and provide safety for workers in these situations


ANSI/ISEA 107-2015 Standard
ANSI 107 Is the standard created by the American National Standards Institute. This standard specifies performance requirements for high visibility safety apparel (HVSA) and establishes the Type/Class is required based on proximity to traffic and speed. ANSI affirms, “The need to be seen is recognized as a critical issue for worker safety. Workers must be visible to vehicle operators in all lighting conditions and against complex environmental backgrounds. The sooner a vehicle operator sees a pedestrian worker, the longer the operator has to avoid an incident. High visibility safety apparel and accessories dramatically enhance worker visibility.”

Class 2: Provides intermediate protection with distance detection and identification, and moderate conspicuity performance. This reflective clothing is suggested for workers who are near heavy machinery or near traffic between speeds of 25-50 mph. Work activity examples include roadway construction, airline ramp, municipalities.

Class 3: Offers the highest level of conspicuity with greater visibility to the wearer in both complex backgrounds and through a full range of body movements. This reflective clothing is suggested for workers near heavy machinery or near traffic in excess of 50 mph. Work activity examples include DOT, municipalities, and road construction.

Class E: Includes pants, bibs, shorts, and gaiters. These items alone cannot meet the high visibility safety apparel standard, however when worn with a Class 2 or Class 3 garment, the ensemble is considered class 3.

Garment Types
High visibility garment types are designated by the work environment in which workers are performing specific tasks. When combined with the existing Performance Classes, this standard provides safety managers with an expanded range of protection levels that address more hazards.

These garment types include:
Type R (roadway): for use where workers are exposed to traffic from public access highway rights-of-way or roadway temporary traffic control zones. Type R HVSA may be Performance Class 2 or 3.

Type P (public safety): for emergency and incident responders and law enforcement personnel who are exposed to struck-by hazards in roadway or off-road work environments. These garments provide additional options addressing competing hazards or the need for access to special equipment. Type P HVSA may be Performance Class 2 or 3.

Type O (off-road): for non-roadway use, where workers are not exposed to highway traffic or temporary traffic control zones. Type O HVSA is Performance Class 1.

High visibility safety apparel by Majestic boldly intensifies worker visibility and safety. Be seen. 

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