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Week of May 20, 2019

When it comes to understanding body armor there can be confusion over which type of body armor protects against which type of ammunition.  Understanding the NIJ 0101.06 armor protection levels is clearly explained.  The term "Bullet Proof" is a widely used term that is inaccurate and paints a picture that it cannot be penetrated.  Any body armor has the potential to be penetrated.  There are various levels of protection that must be adhered to in the law enforcement world.  The (Justice Technology Information Center) JTIC Understanding NIJ 0101.06 Armor Protection Levels is a snapshot of the projectile threats and classification of body armor related to these threats.  Here is NIJ complete info on Body Armor

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Be Safe and Be Seen on the Road or Highway With a Class 2 or Class 3 High Viz Safety Vest with Reflection for Protection on the Job.

Safety Vests fall under the High Visibility Apparel Safety Standards that are established by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA).  These standards set the guidelines for selection and the use of high-visibility safety vests. Visibility can be one of the biggest dangers on a jobsite. High Visibility vests is protection that workers need for their safety.

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Choosing the right safety vest is made easy by the ANSI Guidelines.

ANSI/ISEA107-2010 Classifies a safety vest as Class 1, 2 or 3. Their Classifications falls under the General Purpose Safety Apparel -ANSI/ISEA-107-2010 Standard. It specifies Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3 High Visibility Garments which represent 3 different levels of visibility.

Class 3 Vests are the most visible and are used for the riskiest environments

Class 2 Vests are slightly less visible and are used for moderate risk environments

Class 1 Safety Vests would be used in the least risky environment. 

The level selected depends on factors such as the weather conditions of the working environment, the speed of the traffic, the volume of the traffic along with the road conditions where the workers are assigned.
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