[SBE] Fwd: IBA -- New Federal Regulation Requires Media to Wear Safety Vests on Hig...
matt.antalek at gmail.com
Thu Oct 2 15:56:07 EDT 2008
Is this a new Federal regulation that applies to all states as well? Tough
to tell if it is Indiana-specific or not.
On Wed, Oct 1, 2008 at 5:33 PM, <A9xw at cs.com> wrote:
> SAFETY VESTS REQUIRED IN INDIANA FOR MEDIA. see attached.
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> From: INDBA at aol.com
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> Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2008 16:59:07 EDT
> Subject: IBA -- New Federal Regulation Requires Media to Wear Safety Vests
> on Highways
> *Memo to: IBA General Managers, News Directors and Chief Engineers:*
> The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
> has issued new requirements for workers on federal-aid highways that appear
> to require the media to wear high visibility safety vests when covering
> incidents on public highways. The regulations, which take effect on
> November 24, 2008, seek to increase visibility and ultimately the safety of
> roadside workers by requiring the use of high visibility apparel.
> Under the regulations, *"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." The term "workers" includes
> "responders to incidents," and in the explanatory notes to the regulation
> (page 4, under "Definition of Workers") the FHWA takes the position that
> this includes media representatives when covering events on highways. The
> regulations can be found at 23 C.F.R. §634."*
> Most public roads in Indiana are constructed and maintained using federal
> funding and thus, are covered by the FHWA regulations. As a result, INDIANA
> broadcast personnel, who are responding to accidents or incidents on public
> roads, should wear compliant, high visibility apparel beginning in
> November. The regulations require the use of ANSI/ISEA 107 Class 2 or 3
> high visibility apparel (high visibility vests). Workers are being urged to
> purchase green vests (as opposed to orange or yellow ones), so that
> motorists can more easily differentiate them from other items on the roads
> (cones, signs, etc.).
> ISEA (The International Safety Equipment Association) maintains a list of
> manufacturers that produce high visibility apparel compliant with the new
> federal regulations. To find a manufacturer, please visit
> www.safetyequipment.org.The website *www.mysafetygear.com * also has an
> ANSI-approved, Class 2 vests --US2LM17 -- with a price of $12.95 each. They
> also will silk screen MEDIA or your station's logo across the back for $2.99
> Suggest your camera operators test various colors and lighting
> circumstances as some of the colors offered may not be camera friendly.
> Please order your vests, parkas, jackets etc soon as possible to be sure to
> receive your order prior to the deadline.
> Lastly, while these rules are not OSHA rules, you do have a duty to
> provide a safe workspace. Violations of the above could possibly be used by
> OSHA or state agencies as reason for a citation. Worse, if an employee is
> injured or killed and you are not in compliance with the above, you could
> face civil liability.
> *Thank you *:-)
> Gwen Piening
> Indiana Broadcasters Association
> 3003 E. 98th Street, Ste 161
> Indianapolis, IN 46280
> indba at aol.com
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