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Safety First! New Law for Photographers on Federal Highways

Posted on: 19 December 2008

The National Press Photographers Association reports on the new federal law that requires safety vests for those working on federal highways, including photographers. [via Photo Attorney]

From the NPPA site:

A new federal law went into effect November 24 that requires all workers on federal highways to wear high visibility safety apparel, including photojournalists who are there to cover news. …

In order for garments to qualify as high visibility safety apparel the safety vests must meet a standard known as “ANSI 107-2004 class II.” A Google search for “high-visibility garment” or “ANSI 107-2004” results in a wide variety of available outlets that include vests and jackets. Compliant garments should have a tag that reads “ANSI 107-2004 class II.”

While the use of reflective tape on regular clothing does not comply with the standard, compliant vests can typically be purchased for under $20. …

A company named Iron Horse Safety also offers ANSI compliant vests in mesh lime, mesh orange, solid lime, and solid orange colors with velcro or zipper fronts and in sizes up to 5XL.

The National Newspaper Association is selling a vest for $15 that meets the requirements with the word “PRESS” printed on the back in large letters. [via NPPA]


1 Response to "Safety First! New Law for Photographers on Federal Highways"

It may seem a bit heavy handed but don’t knock it – it could safe someone’s life.

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