MCR Safety Vests: Choosing the Right High-Visibility Apparel

MCR Safety Vests: Choosing the Right High-Visibility Apparel

Safety is always a top priority in the manufacturing industry. To ensure the health and well-being of each worker, it’s important to implement the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including MCR safety vests.

With their lightweight design and high visibility, MCR safety vests are designed to protect against potential hazards in a manufacturing setting, ensuring both safety and efficiency for your company. There are different types of MCR safety vests, so you’ll need to use the right ones depending on their application.

Who Needs an MCR Safety Vest?

All workers who are exposed to vehicle traffic, work vehicles, or construction equipment—including emergency responders—should wear high-visibility safety apparel that meets the Performance Class 2 or Class 3 requirements of ANSI/ISEA Standard 107. This includes official MCR safety vests.

Why Use an MCR Safety Vest?

There can be many safety concerns in a manufacturing or construction setting, and failing to wear an MCR safety vest may lead to injuries or other hazards. 

“The dangers of not using the proper safety vest are high,” warned Ben Hurt, the Regional Sales Manager for MCR Safety. “When working outdoors, you can easily be hit by oncoming traffic or by moving construction vehicles without the right safety vest. There is even danger indoors at a plant or warehouse.  Collisions with forklifts in a warehouse can cause severe injuries.”

If you are leading a construction project or you manage workers in a manufacturing plant or similar environment, it is important to establish clear rules requiring the use of MCR safety vests, as well as encouraging workers to wear these vests at all times.

3 Types of Safety Vests

There are actually three different types of MCR safety vests you’ll need to know about to ensure your manufacturing plant is operating safely. These include the following:

1. General Purpose Safety Vests

While these vests do not meet ANSI requirements, they do give the wearer additional visual conspicuity. They are ideal for warehouse workers, parking lot attendants, yard maintenance workers, and crowd control personnel.

2. Class 2 High-Visibility Vests

These vests must be visible from 1,280 feet and use 201 square inches of reflective material on a 775 square inch background. These are ideal for construction site workers, school crossing guards, law enforcement, utility workers, railway crews, and more.

3. Class 3 High-Visibility Vests

These vests must also be visible from 1,280 feet but are used in situations where risk levels exceed those in Class 2. They use 310 square inches of reflective material on a colored background for utility crews, flag crews, roadway workers, survey workers, and more.

Choosing the Right MCR Safety Vest Color

Choosing the right vest is not just about speed, distance, pattern, or color, Hurt said. It’s about being able to quickly recognize a human in a work zone.

“You always want to consider the background colors where you are working so you don’t blend into the surroundings,” he said. “Pick a vest that makes you stick out when you wear it.”

For example, if you’re working on blacktop with orange safety cones, you might choose a high-visibility vest in a fluorescent lime color. But, if you are working around roadside assistance trucks that are painted lime green, then it may be better to wear fluorescent yellow or orange.

“The goal is to stand out from your surroundings,” Hurt added.

Special MCR Safety Vest Features to Consider

When buying an MCR safety vest, Hurt recommends considering the following features, depending on your work routine:

  • Flame resistance
  • Pencil pockets
  • Mic-tab holders
  • Badge holders
  • Incident command titles
  • 5-point breakaway system

“If you work around moving machinery, for example, a 5-point breakaway vest allows a piece of the vest to tear off if it gets stuck in the machine,” Hurt said.  “This is ideal for manufacturing workers, police, EMTs, and anyone else who routinely works around heavy equipment.”

Additionally, MCR safety gloves and glasses provide protection to the hands and eyes. If purchasing MCR safety vests, you may also benefit from these items.

Browse all our safety products and supplies on shopibt.com to find MCR safety vests and other gear for your workplace.

Buy your MCR Safety Vest today

Visit our online store.  Or contact Gary Porter, the Safety/Warehouse Equipment Group Director at IBT Industrial Solutions, at gporter@ibtinc.com, or (913) 261-2143.

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