I received this technical bulletin from Ergodyne last week and thought I’d pass it along…
On October 17th, 2011, ANSI approved the ISEA revision of the 207 Standard for High-Visibility Public Safety Vests. The official designation is ANSI // ISEA 207-2011. Printed copies will be available for purchase through ISEA before the end of 2011.
GARMENT DESIGN REQUIREMENTS – SHOULDER AREA
One major change from ANSI //ISEA 207-2006 to ANSI // ISEA 207-2011 is the requirement for vests to have a total of at least 23.25 in² of reflective material on the combined front and back shoulder area. This change mirrors the revision that was made to ANSI 107-2010 and intends to provide visible reflective material even when the wearer bends at the waist.
CLARITY REGARDING IDENTIFICATION PANELS, LETTERING AND LOGOS
The 2011 revision of ANSI // ISEA 207 also seeks to provide clarity regarding ID panels, lettering and logos on pubic safety vests. This information is important as these garments are often logoed to meet the needs of police, fire and EMS personnel. Section 6.2 of the latest revision states that logos and other lettering covering an area less than 72 in² will not subtract from the amount of background material required in Table 1. Logos and other lettering may cover more than 72 in² of the total background material; however any amount over 72 in² will begin to count against the required amount of background material.
Additionally, lettering and logos may not cover more than 22 in² of reflective or combined performance material on ANSI // ISEA 207-2011 compliant public safety vests.
GLOWEAR® PUBLIC SAFETY VESTS AND THE NEW ANSI // ISEA 207-2011 STANDARD
So what does all this mean when it comes to GloWear®? It means that you and your customers can continue to sell the GloWear® 8244PSV and 8245PSV Public Safety Vests just like you have under the 2006 standard. All designs and logo configurations from Ergodyne that were compliant with ANSI // ISEA 207-2006 will continue to comply with the 2011 revision, and we have already begun the process of updating the PSV interior labels to reflect the new standard designation.
A PDF copy of this standard is available at