High-visibility apparel: Ergodyne Glowear meets 2009 MUTCD mandate

Ergodyne has the products and expertise to help keep workers safe and employers compliant under the new 2009 MUTCD mandate.

Feb 25th, 2010

St. Paul, Minn., February 25, 2010—Ergodyne has the products and expertise to help keep workers safe and employers compliant under the new 2009 MUTCD mandate. The new standards require all workers to wear ANSI 107, Class 2 or Class 3 hi-vis apparel whenever they are exposed to moving traffic, work vehicles or construction equipment—regardless of the type of roadway. This also applies to emergency responders working within the right-of-way, including firefighters, EMTs and law enforcement personnel. For these workers, the 2009 MUTCD allows the option of an ANSI 207-compliant garment, commonly known as a public safety vest. This aligns with NFPA 1901-2009, which requires one ANSI 207-compliant vest for every seat on a new fire truck.

“In 2008, there were more than 1,100 work zone fatalities. Many of these deaths could have been prevented if the proper hi-vis apparel was being used,” said Tom Votel, president and CEO of Ergodyne. “At Ergodyne, our mission is to make the workplace a better place. Our GloWear hi-vis apparel offers a safety solution that meets the 2009 MUTCD standards and will keep outdoor workers visible and safe on the job.”

The 2009 MUTCD took effect January 15, 2010, with all states required to adopt it as their state standard within two years. Workers on non-federal highways have until December 31, 2011 to be fully compliant with the hi-vis apparel mandate.

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