Media and Safety Vests

For the safety of reporters and photographers who cover incidents and do live shots or stand ups along the highway right of way, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) wants to ensure media outlets understand the regulation and adequately equip their news crews with appropriate high visibility safety apparel.

While working along the highway, all workers in Virginia must wear safety apparel meeting the highest level of performance criteria, Performance Class 3, set by The American National Standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel and Headwear (ANSI/ISEA 107-2010) as described in Chapter 6D of the 2011 edition of the Virginia Work Area Protection Manual

This safety apparel level is rated above the federal minimum so that across the commonwealth the garments worn:

  • Provide maximum visibility for workers who have tasks that place them in imminent danger from approaching traffic
  • Provide maximum visibility when the wearer must be conspicuous at a minimum distance of 1,280 feet

Since November 2008, when the federal regulation took effect, all workers have been required to wear high visibility safety apparel when in the highway right of way or in a location exposed to traffic or equipment operating within the highway right of way. 

The Federal Highway Administration interprets the regulation and the term “workers” to include members of the news media.

Read more about High Visibility Clothing Requirements 2012 Update from VDOT Traffic Engineering Division on the external VDOT Traffic Engineering site.


High Visibility Clothing for Heavy & Highway Construction” produced by The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners, an Alliance Program, an OSHA Cooperative Program by ARTBA, AGC, NAPA and NIOSH. 

Page last modified: Nov. 2, 2015