International Safety Equipment Association

Staff | September 28, 2010

By the end of 2008, all workers within rights-of-way of federal-aid highways who are exposed to traffic or construction equipment in the work area will have to wear high-visibility safety apparel, according to a new rule, 23 CFR Part 634 Worker Visibility, published by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA,) on November 24, 2006, commencing a two-year phase-in period. The final rule defines workers as "people on foot whose duties place them within the right-of-way of a Federal-aid highway, such as highway construction and maintenance forces, survey crews, utility crews, responders to incidents within the highway right-of-way, 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." In issuing the final rule, the FHWA emphasized that the requirement applies to all workers, whether paid of volunteer, and also noted that the rule applies to all right-of-way on federal-aid highways, not just work zones. Arlington, Va.-based International Safety Equipment Association is a trade association for manufacturers of safety and personal protective equipment.