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High-Visibility Safety Apparel standard has been improved for 2020

The American National Standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel (ANSI/ISEA 107) has been updated for 2020.

Companies wishing to represent their products as compliant will be a need to certify and/or recertify background materials, reflective tape, and garments to the 2020 standard.

Vartest is a member of the High Visibility Products Group of the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA), the organization that created this updated standard. We’re well-positioned to test and offer consultation on the new standard. Contact us for more information or to get started.

Improvements in the 2020 standard

  • There is a new provision for single-use non-woven HV disposable coveralls. HVSA protection is now available for, e.g., chem spill workers busy on roads.
  • The concept of overall luminance has been introduced for HVSA garments, as well as an expanded clarity for 360° visibility.
  • Minimum requirement of Bursting Strength of Knitted Materials has changed from 60 pounds force (lbf) to 40 lbf, which brings HVSA strength standards in line with other forms of PPE.
  • There’s been a dimensional change for AATCC 135, AATCC 96, and AATCC 158. Woven minimum width direction requirements have changed (from ±2% to ±4%). This enables greater sourcing flexibility for manufacturers using woven fabrics.
  • To maintain the essential aspect of this life saving standard, the category of “Accessories” has been removed from ANSI/ISEA 107-2020.

Contact us to learn more or to get started.

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FTC: “Any claims about your textile products have to be true and cannot be misleading. As the seller, you must have substantiation for each and every claim – expressed and implied – that you make.”

Vartest can help reduce the cost of garment certification or recertification by leveraging our database of background materials and tape certificates.

The new Overall Conspicuity Test

The ASTM E1501 option illustrates the 360° retroreflective performance of the garment:

  • Garment is rotated in 15° increments around a vertical axis
  • 24 readings are taken at each of 4 observation angles
  • RR is calculated to describe the total amount of light returned by the garment


Trim designed for very low reflectivity (to simulate post-wear performance) and standard trim both produced detailed, repeatable data.


Garments retested with consistent results.

In addition, Vartest can:

  • Reveal design issues through direct measurement of finished garments.
  • Compare the nighttime performance of different styles.
  • Understand effects of wear and cleaning on a specific style. Vartest’s Expanded Drycleaning Capability provides:
    • Perchloroethylene
    • Dibutoxymethane
    • Silicone
    • Hydrocarbon

Vartest provides a Declaration of Conformity (DOC):

Enhances supply chain transparency and supports marketing special garment claims

  • Provides information to the purchaser that the HVSA were manufactured, sampled, tested, and inspected in accordance with the conformity assessment system outlined in ANSI ISEA 125-2014 Level 1.
  • The issuer of the declaration of conformity shall have procedures in place to re-evaluate the validity of the declaration, in the event of changes significantly affecting the design or product specification
    • changes in the standard to which product conformity is evaluated against;
    • changes in the ownership or structure of the supplier;
    • updated information that suggests the product may no longer conform to the specified requirements.

Vartest’s Electronic Declaration of Conformity (eDOC) portal enhances supply chain transparency. With an eDOC, a simple QR code can link customers to Vartest’s assurances. See an example eDOC here.

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