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Traffic Safety Vests

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The National Newspaper Association is now taking orders for the regulation safety vests that all newspaper employees covering accidents or other stories along federal highways will be required to wear.

The proper garment is a ANSI Class II-2004-107 safety vest. NNA’s vest will be orange or lime with reflective markings, and a Velcro™ closure. In large letters on the back will be the word PRESS, and below that, NNA’s logo. Cost per vest will be small to XL, $17 each plus shipping/handling cost. Larger sizes will be $19 each plus shipping/handling. To order, call (573) 777-4980.

These regulations were established by the Department of Transportation and became effective Nov. 24, 2008. All media representatives who are working within the rights-of-way of federal-aid highways will be required to wear high-visibility garments.

“All workers within the right-of-way of a federal-aid highway who are exposed either to traffic (vehicles using the highway for purposes of travel) or to construction equipment within the work area shall wear high-visibility safety apparel.”

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In response to a request for comments by the DOT, the Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety urged the agency to broaden the definition of workers, to specifically include media representatives. DOT expressly agreed.

The stated purpose of the rule is to improve visibility of those people working on federal highways and thereby reduce the likelihood of injury.

The DOT rules require the garments to be worn anytime workers could be exposed to traffic. The ruling is not limited to temporary traffic control areas.

For more information, contact Lynn Edinger at lynnedinger@nna.org.