3M’s five steps to MUTCD compliance

3M offers this formula for compliance to the recently updated Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) regulations:

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 the following:
    • 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