Understanding the ANSI 107-2015 Updates

ANSI/ISEA 107-2015 Standard Updates will be approved by ANSI Feb 1, 2016. The new ANSI/ISEA 107 standard will be available for download on the ISEA website this week. It combines the ANSI/ISEA 107 Standard and the ANSI/ISEA 207 standards into one.

4 Key things to Note

1. Current ANSI/ISEA 107-2010 and ANSI/ISEA 207-2011 garments are still acceptable and compliant.

•    There is no requirement to change any of your existing garments. This standard offers enhancements and clarification that will evolve High Visibility over the coming years.

2. New Garment HVSA Types added to Class Definitions

NEW HVSA Types
•    Type O = Off Road – Non Roadway
•    Type R = Roadway
•    Type P = Public Safety (ANSI 207 merged)

NEW HVSA Class Definitions
•    Type O – Class 1O
•    Type R – Class 2R and Class 3R
•    Type P – Class 2P and Class 3P
•    Type Supplemental – Class E

3. Smallest Size Garments Type R

•    Small size workers wearing oversize garments can be a safety hazard. While NSA has always offered Small sizes we are pleased the standard now allows for less background material required for the “smallest” size for both ROADWAY type Classes.

Smallest size garment may have LESS background material
•    Class 2R = 540 instead of 775 square inches
•    Class 3R = 1000 instead of 1240 square inches

4. Non FR labeling Now Required

•    “This garment is non flame resistant as defined by ANSI/ISEA 107-2015 Section 10.5”
•     Garments not tested to meet Flame Resistant performance criteria of standards listed in ANSI are required to have Non FR labelling.  ASTM D6413 and NFPA 701 are NOT accepted as they allow fabrics that melt and drip.

Acceptable test methods for FR classification are as follows:

ASTM 1506

ASTM F1891

ASTM F2302

ASFM F2733

NFPA 1977

NFPA 2112

*Note:  High Visibility garments marked as flame resistant shall comply with the requirements of ONE of the above methods in its entirety.

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