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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

Class 2 Safety Vest

A Class 2 Safety Vest provide a relatively high level of visibility in moderately high risk environments. Class 2 is the middle level of protection. They are used in environments that are higher risk than where Class 1 vests are required but not quite as risky as where Class 3 Vests would be needed. Class 2 Safety Vests were first defined in ANSI-107-2004 which was updated to ANSI-107-2010.
Other Types of Safety Vests
Class 1 Vests
Class 3 Vests
Mesh Safety Vests


Class 2 Safety Vests Require:
    • 775 square inches of fluorescent background fabric
    • 201 square inches of reflective material 
    • Minimum width of reflective material is 1.375 inches

Examples of Occupations Where Class 2 Vests Would be Used:

    • Workers Working on Railways
    • Crossing Guards
    • Highway Toll Personnel
    • Ground Crews at Airports
    • Police Directing Traffic

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