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ANSI/ISEA 207-2006 is intended for emergency and incident responders, as well as law enforcement personnel who have competing tactical needs which can make it problematic to use ANSI/ISEA 107 compliant personal protective equipment. ANSI/ISEA 107 is intended for default general occupational use. ANSI/ISEA 207 does NOT replace ANSI/ISEA 107.
The only configuration of apparel in ANSI/ISEA 207-2006 is a vest, whereas ANSI/ISEA 107 identifies a variety of apparel items. As such, there is only one performance class for items that are designated as ANSI/ISEA 207 compliant. The ANSI/ISEA 107 standard defines three performance classes of items, as well as class E pants and headwear, whose classification depends on the minimum amount of visible material used in the item’s construction.
There are also different design requirements for a vest depending on which standard is being used to demonstrate compliance. For example, encircling bands of retroreflective material are required for ANSI/ISEA 207. ANSI/ISEA 107 requires that retroreflective material must be placed on the garment in such a manner as to provide 360º visibility to the wearer, but does not require encircling bands.
This represents a summary of major differences between these standards, but not all differences. You are encouraged to compare the actual standard text for a comprehensive list of differences.
Yes. In 2009 OSHA issued a letter of interpretation that it will use the General Duty Clause to require high-visibility apparel for flaggers, workers exposed to vehicle traffic near excavations, and to other workers in highway/ construction zones who are exposed to traffic. The letter cited the MUTCD as the authority for its enforcement.
The 2009 MUTCD requires the use of ANSI/ISEA 107-2004 or equivalent revisions. The Federal Highway Administration published an official interpretation on May 20, 2010, recognizing that garments labeled to ANSI/ISEA 107-2010 may be used to comply with this requirement.
The 2009 edition of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) requires that all workers within the right-of-way who are exposed either to traffic or to work vehicles and construction equipment within a Temporary Traffic Control zone must wear garments compliant with ANSI/ISEA 107 Performance Class 2 or 3. This applies to emergency and incident responders and law enforcement personnel as well, although they are permitted to wear ANSI/ISEA 207-compliant vests.
The 2009 MUTCD section on Worker Safety Planning requires that a safety plan should be in accordance the OSHA General Duty Clause. It also requires a risk assessment to be performed by a qualified safety professional, for each job site and job classification. This risk assessment should be used to determine whether Performance Class 2 or Performance Class 3 apparel is appropriate