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17 Feb 10

Ergodyne Glowear® Meets 2009 MUTCD Mandate

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St. Paul, Minn. (Feb. 17, 2010) – Ergodyne announced today that it has the products and expertise to helpkeep workers safe and employers compliant under the new 2009 MUTCD mandate.

The new standards require all workers to wear ANSI 107 Class 2 or Class 3 hi-vis

apparel whenever they are exposed to moving traffic, work vehicles or construction equipment – regardless of the type of roadway. This also applies to emergency responders working within the right-of-way, including firefighters, EMTs and law enforcement personnel. For these workers, the 2009 MUTCD allows the option of an ANSI 207-compliant garment, commonly known as a public safety vest. This aligns with NFPA 1901-2009, which requires one ANSI 207-compliant vest for every seat on a new fire truck.

“In 2008, there were more than 1,100 work zone fatalities. Many of these deaths could have been prevented if the proper hi-vis apparel was being used,” said Tom Votel president and CEO of Ergodyne. “At Ergodyne, our mission is to make the workplace a betterplace. Our GloWear® Hi-Vis Apparel offers a safety solution that meets the 2009 MUTCD standards and will keep outdoor workers visible and safe on the job.”

The 2009 MUTCD took effect January 15, 2010, with all states required to adopt it as their state standard within two years. Workers on non-federal highways have until December 31, 2011 to be fully compliant with the hi-vis apparel mandate.

About Ergodyne

Since 1983, Ergodyne has pioneered the development of products that Make The Workplace A Betterplace. What started with just one product has grown into a line of top flight, battle-tested, Tenacious Work Gear®; all precision crafted to provide protection, promote prevention and manage the elements for workers on jobsites the world over. The current lineup is extensive and constantly growing: ProFlex® Hand Protection, ProFlex® Knee Pads, ProFlex® Supports, Skullerz® Head Protection, Skullerz® Eye Protection, Trex™ Footwear Accessories, Chill-Its® Cooling Products, N-Ferno® Warming Products, GloWear® Hi-Vis Apparel, Squids® Lanyards, Arsenal® Gear and Tool Storage and SHAX® Portable Work Shelters.