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3M Offers Simple Formula for Compliance to Newly Updated MUTCD Regulation Print E-mail
Written by 3M   
Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Five Steps to Compliance

Step 1: Understand Your Obligations Under Federal Regulations
• The 2009 MUTCD is the primary regulatory document mandating the use of high-visibility apparel for all affected workers on roadways in the U.S. and will cover all roads “open to public travel”
• All workers within the right-of-way are required to wear high-visibility safety apparel that meets performance Class 2 or 3 of ANSI/ISEA 107-2004, or equivalent revisions
• For in-depth legislation updates review:  MUTCD, OSHA General Duty Clause, OSHA Letter of Interpretation, #20080829-8611, which points to ANSI 107
• See special options for Law Enforcement, and Emergency Responders to comply with gear meeting  ANSI 207, and NFPA standards (such as NFPA1971) 

Step 2: Complete a Risk Assessment for Each Job Function
• Determine the low-visibility hazards for each job description at your worksite, including:
• Workzone Hazards:  Roadway traffic speeds, workers’ proximity to traffic and workzone equipment, task load
• Environment Background:  Time of day, seasons, weather, temperature exposure, equipment
• Additional Considerations:  Workplace exposure, garment appearance, laundry protocol

Step 3:  Identify Garment Options for Each Job Function
• Based on risk assessment choose Class per ANSI 107- 2010 (or 2004)
• Choose apparel types such as jackets, rainwear, tee-shirts, or vests
• Conduct an onsite visibility demonstration and/or wear test to confirm choices

Step 4:  Create Garment Specifications
• Prepare a specification that ensures that the garments you purchase comply with high visibility standards
• Specify certified product only
• Ensure the performance, color, sizing, customization, features, care guidelines, comfort, style and durability desired is received

Step 5:  Implement Garment Program
• Implement garment program, issue garments to workers
• Continuous education and training
• Importance of wearing garments in the workplace environment
• How to wear and maintain the garments, and when to replace,
• Repeat assessments as needed and adjust program as necessary

About 3M
A recognized leader in research and development, 3M produces thousands of innovative products for dozens of diverse markets. 3M’s core strength is applying its more than 40 distinct technology platforms – often in combination – to a wide array of customer needs. With $23 billion in sales, 3M employs 75,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 65 countries. For more information, visit www.3m.com.

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