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 Safety Vest Policy
Hi-Visibility Traffic Apparel
         Home Town Hero Killed at Traffic Accident

   CHP Officer Killed While Directing
                                            Two vehicles collided and
    Cars On Hwy 60 Freeway Accident
                                            one of them then hit the
                                            officer, who was airlifted to
   HACIENDA HEIGHTS 12-15-2008             a hospital where he was
     A California Highway Patrol            pronounced dead.
    officer was fatally struck by a
    vehicle as he directed traffic at the   The officer was identified as
    scene of a previous accident on         Joseph Sanders, 29, who
    the rain-slick Pomona (60)              had been with the CHP for
    Freeway in Hacienda Heights early       14 months. He left behind a
    Monday, authorities said.               wife and children.

    The fatal crash, reported at 4:20
    a.m., happened west of Azusa
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              Personnel Visibility

One of the three objectives of
the National Unified Goal (NUG)
for Traffic Incident Management
is “Responder Safety”.
US Department of Transportation (DOT)
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
      23 CFR (Code of Regulation) Part 634

   All workers within the right-of-way of a
    Federal-aid highway who are exposed
    either to traffic (vehicles using the
    highway for purposes of travel) or to
    construction equipment within the work
    area shall wear high-visibility safety
                                  23 CFR Part 634.3
                  FHWA 23 CFR Part 634   (Nov 2008)

As of November, 2008, a
new Federal law known as
23 CFR Part 634 requires
use of high-visibility apparel
   Worker means people on foot whose duties
    place them within the right-of way of any
    Federal-funded highway, including;
       highway construction and maintenance forces
       survey crews & utility crews;
       responders to incidents within the highway right-of-
       firefighters and other emergency responders when
        they are not directly exposed to flame, fire, heat,
        and/or hazardous materials; and
       law enforcement personnel when directing traffic,
        investigating crashes, and handling lane closures,
        obstructed roadways, and disasters within the right-
        of-way of a Federal-aid highway.            23 CFR Part 634.2
Firefighters or other emergency
responders working within the right-of-
way of a Federal-aid highway and
engaged in any other types of operations
shall wear high-visibility safety apparel.

                                             The Incident Commander
                                             is ultimately responsible for
                                             ensuring that firefighters
                                             and other emergency
                                             responders are wearing
                                             high-visibility safety
                                             apparel when appropriate.
High Visibility Safety Apparel (Vests)

As required by federal regulation 23 CFR Part 634,
personnel engaged in operations on or within the right-of-
way of any Federal-aid highway must don ANSI/ISEA 107,
2004 Class 2 or 3 compliant high visibility garments (vests).
In addition to Federal-aid highways, personnel engaged in
operations on or within the right-of-way of any roadway or
highway open to public travel will don high visibility
garments (vests). Any current ANSI/ISEA compliant
garment which meets or exceeds the 107, 2004 standards
will be an acceptable substitute. Personnel donning ANSI
compliant high visibility garments (vests) must do so
according to the apparel manufacturer‟s recommendation
and must be aware of any and all limitations in the
application and use of such garments.

Personnel are exempt from donning the high visibility
garments (vests) when exposed to flame, fire, heat
source, hazardous materials and/or when they are
exposed to hazardous conditions where the use of such
garments may increase the risk of injury to such
personnel. Examples of such hazardous conditions may
include, but not be limited to: fire suppression activities,
hazardous materials investigation/mitigation, vehicle
extrication, and technical rescue such as swift water,
over-the-side, and confined space. As soon as the
hazardous condition is mitigated, personnel must don
the high visibility garment (vest) for the remaining
duration of the incident.

   Examples of operations requiring the donning of high
    visibility garments (vests) may include, but not be
    limited to: roadside medical aids, public service assists,
    traffic control, and work projects. Additionally, a
    designated and dedicated Lookout, should always be
    posted when personnel are in close proximity to any
    vehicular traffic.
      Typical European crash scene
Common U.S. crash scene
As of November 24, 2008… this is non-compliant
         traffic control safety apparel!
Highway Safety Apparel

        Class I

              Class II

                    Class III

ANSI 107 Standard
   “Class 1” vest in use
by airport baggage handler
Shortcoming of a Class I vest:
      No side coverage
…and the shortcoming
 of wearing NO Vest!
           ANSI 107 Class II vest:
High-visibility green body with red trim, or…
                       Optional 5-Point
                       Breakaway Velcro

         ANSI 107 Class II vests with
High-visibility red/orange body with green trim
                                    U.S. Department of Transportation
                                    Federal Highway Administration

                                    February 2008

                                    “…we reviewed the
                                    ANSI/IISEA 207- 2006 public
                                    safety vest standard very carefully
                                    and found this standard compatible
                                    with the ANSI/ISEA Class II
                                    requirements for night-time visibility.”

ANSI has a second vest standard;
the ANSI 207 “Public Safety Vest”
ANSI 107 High-Visibility Vest        ANSI 207 High-Visibility Vest

                                Note shorter length
                                 to allow access to
                                    items on belt
A “Class III” garment
     has sleeves
Class III jacket, shirt, &
    pants ensemble
Vests can be pre-donned over turnout coats
 then taken off if responding to a fire call.
Vests may be a concern at car fires
     during extrications, or at
         hazmat incidents
CAL FIRE employees
engaged in emergency
operations that directly
expose them to flame,
fire, heat, and/or
hazardous materials shall
not wear retro-reflective
high visibility vests over
NFPA 1971 compliant
turn-out gear.
While wearing protective clothing,
under exposure to fire situations,
firefighters must remain in protected
area on highway.

When the coat comes „OFF‟, the vest
goes „ON‟.
          Do Not Wear the Vest
   When a CAL FIRE
    employee is involved
    in vehicle extrication
    operations and a
    NFPA 1971 compliant
    turn-out coat is worn
    as the proper level of
    Do Not Wear the Vest
   When a CAL FIRE
    employee is directly
    engaged in the actual
    extinguishment of a
    wildland fire and the
    employee is exposed to
    flame, fire, high heat and
    the CAL FIRE compliant
    nomex wildland ensemble
    is being worn as the
    proper level of wildland
Do Not Wear the Hi Visibility Vest

   When a CAL FIRE Peace Officer is
    engaged in an emergency incident, where
    the high visibility vest would increase the
    conspicuity of that officer and thereby
    compromise the cover and concealment of
    that officer, to the detriment of that
    officer‟s safety, or…
     Do Not Wear a Hi-Visibility Vest

   When a CAL FIRE Peace
    Officer is involved in a
    high risk “potential
    adversarial or
    confrontational role” and
    the high visibility vest
    would interfere with
    and/or compromise the
    officer‟s ability to protect
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    CAL FIRE Vest Specifications
Product Requested;
  ANSI-107 Highway Safety Vests for Emergency Responders
  that meet the following specifications;

   Class 2, Level 2 ANSI Red mesh with contrasting silver/lime-yellow
    material and silver reflective stripes using 3M Scotchlite reflective;
   One Pen & Paper utility pocket on left chest integrated into vest
    design with contrasting color microphone tabs on each lapel area.
   Tear-away Velcro feature at both shoulders, both sides, & front
   One size fits all design, L to 3XL. (special order; Size 4XL - 5XL at
    additional cost)
   1- American flag patch on left chest
   The word" FIRE" printed on right vertical stripe in all upper case
   "CAL FIRE" printed on silver reflective patch on back of vest in all
    upper case letters except for the letter „c‟. All text in black ink.

   The intent of FHWR 23CFR Part 634 and
    CAL FIRE Policy 1728 is to decrease the
    likely hood of employee injury and
    maintain free flow of vehicular traffic by
    requiring CAL FIRE employees whose
    duties place them on or in close proximity
    to a roadway by wearing high-visibility
    safety apparel.

“If your feet are on the street… Your vest is on your ches

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