ANSI/ISEA 107 High Visibility Standard Update

mcr-5182S_Model2-hiresThe American National Standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel and Accessories was 

recently updated from the ANSI/ISEA 107-2010 version to the 107-2015 version. It is a consensus standard that specifies requirements for apparel and accessories worn by workers to visually signal their presence.  It was developed by the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) and first published in 1999.  Since then, the standard has been recognized and compliance mandated by federal, state and local authorities as well as private industry entities.  Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) requires nearly all workers in or near a highway right-of-way to wear garments that comply with the standard.

What is new in the 2015 edition of the standard? ANSI/ISEA 107-2015 consolidates the requirements of ANSI/ISEA 107-2010 American National Standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel and Headwear and ANSI/ISEA 207-2011 American National Standard for High-Visibility Public Safety Vests into a single, comprehensive document for all occupational tasks.  While the standard maintains the familiar Performance Classes 1, 2 and 3 from previous versions, the 2015 edition establishes three HVSA types based on the expected use environments and work activities being performed.  Responding to user concerns, the 2015 standard makes allowance for garments sized to fit smaller workers, and adds specifications for accessories such as gloves and armbands.

Like the previous editions of ANSI/ISEA 107, the standard classifies HVSA as Performance Class 1, 2 or 3, depending on the amount of visible background and retroreflective material.  These Performance Classes give users a way to specify HVSA that is appropriate for the work environment and hazards.  The 2015 edition also establishes three types of garments:

  • Type O (off-road), for non-roadway use, where workers are not exposed to high traffic or temporary control zones.  Type O HVSA is Performance Class 1.
  • Type R (roadway), for use where workers are exposed to traffic from public access highway rights-of-way or roadway temporary 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.

How does the 2015 standard accommodate smaller workers? Recognizing that wearing oversized garments may compromise safety, the standard allows a reduced area of visible background material for the smallest size garment offered in Type R, Performance Class 2 or 3. For example, the smallest Performance Class 2 HVSA may use a minimum of 540 sq. in. of background material, while the requirement for all other sizes is 775 sq. in. Type P garments have a smaller minimum material requirement, but they are designed for use by public safety workers.

What makes ANSI/ISEA 107 HVSA flame resistant?  How can I tell? Manufacturers have the option to have HVSA evaluated for flame resistance and labeled accordingly.  The standard cites four ASTM and two NFPA standards or test methods as suitable for verifying flame resistance.  The ANSI/ISEA 107 label must either show the standard used for FR testing or state that the garment is not flame resistant.  Garments tested using NFPA 1977 or 2112 require a separate label indicating certification to the NFPA standard.  NFPA 701 and ASTM D6413 are not recognized by ANSI/ISEA 107 as flame resistant standards for HVSA.

What happened to ANSI/ISEA 207? The American National Standard for Public Safety Vests, ANSI/ISEA 207, was developed in response to requests from the public safety sector for a standard for HVSA used by emergency and incident responders and law enforcement personnel.  The standard’s requirements differed somewhat from ANSI/ISEA 107 to accommodate tactical and identification needs, recognizing that these garments were not intended for general occupational use.   The requirements of that standard have been incorporated into ANSI/ISEA 107-2015 as Type P, with a new Performance Class 3 to expand the types of public safety HVSA available.

The chart below highlights the differences between the 2010 and 2015 versions of the standard by comparing the required amounts of background materials and retro-reflective materials.






Be a Force of Nature during National Severe Weather Preparedness Week

March 3-9, 2013 is National Severe Weather Awareness week. How prepared are you?

Remember in grade school when you had those annoying tornado and fire drills? Pretty lame wasn’t it? NO THEY WERE NOT! They prepared us for the potential tornado or fire that might occur. I remember in third grade we participated in a drill, we all laughed and complained. Fast forward three weeks and it was a different story. A tornado hit about a half of a mile from our school. Thankfully the school was not hit, but it became a reality to me when I felt the fear that day. We are to prepare for such events!

Just last year, there were more than 450 weather-related fatalities and nearly 2,600 injuries. Each time severe weather threatens we hear stories of ordinary Americans who do the extraordinary to save loved ones – a mother protecting her children by shielding them from flying debris, a homeowner opening up his storm shelter to neighbors, neighbors helping a senior in a wheelchair get to a safe shelter, individuals ensuring friends are aware of the current watch or warning in their area.

Tornadoes struck approximately 46 states, caused over $1.6 billion in damage and nearly 70 fatalities. There were more than 935 tornadoes in 2012, with 206 in April alone. While April and May are peak months, tornadoes happen all year round.*

NOAA and FEMA have teamed up to give you great insight on how to prepare properly.

Weather-Ready Nation







We also blogged about this last year. TORNADO! ARE YOU PREPARED?

Bottom line: Get Prepared, Be Prepared!

*NOAA Weather-Ready Nation 2013

Choose the Winners….Let Your Voice Be Heard!

It’s time to vote for the 2013 New Equipment Digest’s King Awards Competition. NED’s King Awards Competition honors superior industrial product innovation. The competition showcases the best new products that have been introduced in 2012, and recognizes the talent and commitment of the companies involved with the development of these products. There are 10 product categories and over 75 outstanding products to choose from.

Need another reason to vote, how about a chance to win a $100 gift card.

Vote for MCR Safety Alycore gloves (#15) here:

An interview with our CEO

Mitch Lewellen, CEO of MCR Safety and current Chairman of ISEA answers his role in each capacity.  See complete interview for Mitch’s insight on our industry and forecasts for the future. Complete Interview

(excerpt from the interview)

SB: You have been the Chairman of the ISEA for two years now. So how has that position or that experience changed your perspective as it relates to leading MCR in the coming years? Has it added something?

ML: It has certainly added to what I do here at MCR. I have had the pleasure of serving on the board for several years and as Chairman for the last two years. It’s not that it changed how or what we do at MCR, but it has helped me to better understand our industry in general and how important standards are to our industry. Additionally, I have garnered a tremendous amount of value by networking with my industry peers, by listening and talking to them. It has been of benefit to me both personally and professionally.

Knowledge is Power!

As Sir Francis Bacon once said, “Knowledge is Power”. A very true statement that should cause us all to think. In the safety industry, we are given multiple opportunities every year to learn about the latest safety products, procedures, and government rulings. Many take advantage of organizations such as NSC or National Safety Council to assist in filtering this information. Many attend trade shows like the NSC Congress and Expo, World of Concrete, VPPPA Annual National Convention , or regional events such as the Tennessee Safety and Health Congress. Others attend online trade shows, webinars, and video presentations.

Keith Baker, Product Trainer and Analyst at MCR Safety demonstrates a new product with Chris Smith, Regional Sales Manager

No matter the tool you use to get the correct information, my word for you today is, “GET KNOWLEDGE!”

As a safety professional it is all of our duty to stay up to date with changes in the industry to products and standards. We have to remember that what we do everyday is provide services, products, and assistance to help save lives and protect the worker. If we are uninformed we cannot make the right decisions.

If you help with this, contact us at MCR Safety and we will try to point you in the right direction.

Global Harmonization?????

Global Harmonization? What?
We need to get accustomed to hearing the words Global Harmonization. New regulations regarding MSDS’s (Material Safety Data Sheet), chemical processing and handling have been established and will effect every operation that currently uses MSDS’s. OSHA estimates that more than 5 million workplaces will be affected.

The three major areas of change are in hazard classification, labels, and safety data sheets.

  • Hazard classification: The definitions of hazard have been changed to provide specific criteria for classification of health and physical hazards, as well as classification of mixtures. These specific criteria will help to ensure that evaluations of hazardous effects are consistent across manufacturers, and that labels and safety data sheets are more accurate as a result.
  • Labels: Chemical manufacturers and importers will be required to provide a label that includes a harmonized signal word, pictogram, and hazard statement for each hazard class and category. Precautionary statements must also be provided.
  • Safety Data Sheets: Will now have a specified 16-section format.

This link will help you gather further information to clarify the changes.

The labeling change will help to globally clarify what the hazard is and how to protect the workers.

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Save Money…Better Compliance…Good Idea?


A laboratory services company that provides analysis of organic, inorganic, biological, hazardous, and other materials. With these types of materials and chemicals, employees cannot wear contact lenses in the facility. Safety Prescription Eyewear must be used. Also, their work staff has a higher percentage of Prescription Eyewear users than the average factory. These aspects exaggerated the cost of an Rx eyewear program.
With the hiring of a new Safety Manager, she was eager to find new ways to keep employees safer and to look for ways to cut PPE cost. Rx Eyewear was a logical first step.

Each employee was able to choose their own Rx style from their current Rx provider. Though all lenses and frames choices met  ANSI Z87+ standards, employees had little regard to the coverage and protection of the eyewear they chose. Most eyewear was chosen based on style.

Since everyone had different tastes in style, there was no uniformity. This made it difficult for the safety manager to quickly verify everyone was wearing compliant eyewear.


The Klondike Plus with the KDRX prescription insert solved multiple problems.

1st – The KD3 was designed as protective eyewear, therefore offers better coverage and protection than most Safety Rx frames

2nd – The entire facility can now wear the same style eyewear making it easy for Managers to verify if employees are wearing the proper eye protection

3rd – The cost of a KD310 & KDRX ensemble is much less than average Safety Rx frames.


The company stocks product # KD310 in the storeroom for all employees (Rx or no Rx). Employees that need prescription eyewear receive product # KDRX which they take to the local Wal-Mart where the company pays $55 to have their prescription filled. The KDRX insert is affixed to the inside of the KD310.


After the first 6 months of implementing the new program, the safety manager, operations manager, and employees saw many benefits from the KDRX program.

Employees had improved field of vision since the KD310 has a wrap around style. Employees didn’t have to continue using scratched and spattered lenses like before since they could throw the outer KD310 glasses away and get a new one when needed. Employees can now choose different lens tint options like Amber, Light Blue, and Indoor/Outdoor. The purchasing manager is happy because of the cost saving…see chart below.

Cost Analysis:

1 pair of Rx Safety Eyewear every year =  $250.00* average cost per pair

Number of employees = 42

Total cost per year  =  $10,500.00

Total cost every 2 years  =  $21,000.00


Best Case

1  KDRX Insert every 2 years ($55 + $10) = $65

6 pair of KD310 every year (x 2 years) = $40.80

Total cost every 2 years (x 42 employees) = $4,443.60

Cost savings per 2 years   =  $16,556.40

Worst Case

1 KDRX Insert every year ($65 x 2 years) = $130

12 Pair of KD310 every year (x 2 years) = $81.60

Total cost every 2 years (x 42 employees) = $8,887.20

Cost savings per 2 years  = $12,112.80

Time from initial opportunity to implementation:

3 months

Special Thanks to Jay McNeil, Sales Manager for MCR Safety for this case study.

Do OSHA Inspections Work?

* 9.4% drop in injury claims at workplaces in the four years following an inspection
* 26% average savings on workers’ compensation costs compared to similar, non-inspected
* $355,000 average savings for an employer (small or large) as a result of an OSHA inspection
* $6 billion estimated savings to employers nationwide

It’s Official: OSHA Doesn’t Kill Jobs. It Stops Jobs from Killing Workers

A landmark new study by business school economists at the University of California and Harvard University confirms that OSHA’s inspections not only prevent workers from getting hurt on the job, they also save billions of dollars for employers through reduced workers’ compensation costs.

The study was entitled “Randomized Government Safety Inspections Reduce Worker Injuries with No Detectable Job Loss

** Information From special Edition of OSHA Quick Takes May 29, 2012

Its Five O’clock Somewhere

It’s a Friday evening; you’re almost done with your shift and your thinking about the warm weather this weekend and how many outside chores you can get done so you can be set aside some time to play a little. Right?  Cutting the grass, planting flowers, mulching the flower beds, and wait, we have to set some time to do what we enjoy; go fishing, play some softball, head to the shooting range.

Do you ever think about safety outside of your work place?  If you work in a factory or for a local DOT I’m sure you are wearing a pair of safety glasses, gloves and possibly a class 2 vest.  What do you do when the 5 o’clock bell rings and its time to head home?  Do you leave your safety gear at work or do you take it home with you?

Most of the above “chores” or “sports” can be dangerous to the hand or eye in certain situations.  Are you prepared to explain to your employer why your eye is injured or why your vision is impaired because a piece of debris is imbedded in it?

If you wear PPE 40 hours a week what’s it going to hurt you to wear it a few more hours playing softball or cutting the grass on Saturday morning?

30% Fewer Hand Injuries!

At MCR Safety it is our desire to work closely with our Distributors and End-Users to reduce injuries in the workplace. Periodically I will post case studies that we have worked with End-Users to assist in reduction of hand injuries and/or a reduction in spending. Here is one that we worked with a key Oil & Gas company:

In May of 2008, MCR Safety and a worldwide leading Oil & Gas production company began collaborating on the development of a glove that would protect workers, reduce hand injuries and set an industry standard in providing hand safety specifically designed for the Petrochemical Industry.  As a worldwide Oil & Gas producer, several different job functions and applications would need to be considered in developing an Oil & Gas glove.  The company is known for their vast expertise and success in crude oil exploration and production and transportation of crude oil and refining and natural gas exploration.

The Consulting and Compliance team worked closely with MCR Safety Product Development Managers, National Account Managers, the Prospect’s Global Management Team and Global Safety & Health Advisors, and their field personnel to develop trial and implement a mandate for the use of the MCR Safety HV100 Oil & Gas glove.

Two major obstacles were introducing the HV100 Oil & Gas Glove to the prospect’s Approved Contractors which performed services for the worldwide locations both on and offshore, the second was to identify the industrial distributors that were Approved Providers for the prospect.

The Prospect was instrumental in formulating documentation and notification to the Approved Contractors mandating the hand protection policies that would be required by compliance if contracted to perform services.  MCR Safety C&C team members and National Account Managers collaborated to identify the Approved Providers and set pricing guidelines and terms for those selected MCR Safety authorized distributors.

Implementation of the Oil & Gas Glove and Hand Safety Initiative was implemented for all the Prospects worldwide locations as a mandate to comply with their Hand Safety Initiative on October 10, 2009.

The HV100 Oil & Gas glove was developed and introduced to meet the needs of primarily the petrochemical industry and was introduced to the industrial distribution channel in the Fall of 2009.  Since the introduction of the HV100 Oil & Gas glove, several other models have been developed to meet further specifications, such as the HV200, Y200 and Y300 and the B100 models with some of these models now offer sizing up to 3X.  The MCR Safety Force Flex series is gaining recognition throughout the industrial distribution channel and the market and is no longer exclusive to petrochemical industry applications.

At the 2010 NSC, the Prospect confirmed a 30% reduction in hand injuries specifically related to the HV100 glove and the 2009 Hand Safety Mandate and Glove Safety Initiative.

The HV100 continues to gain market share and acceptance from a wide array of end-users. This is not being used only petroleum business.

***Special Thanks to Laura Nardone of MCR Safety’s Consulting and Compliance Team for this case study.

How can you have this type of success? Visit the Consulting and Compliance web page and let us know how you want fewer injuries resulting in a cost savings.