WHAT IS HI-VIS?
High-visibility apparel (or hi-vis) is clothing like jackets, pants, vests, coveralls, etc. that are worn by workers to improve visibility for safety reasons in a work environment.
Hi-vis is especially critical for workers who work around moving vehicles or equipment, especially in low-light environments. By definition, hi-vis has color properties that are easily discernible from any background, and is highly reflective. Lime and bright orange are common hi-vis colors because they stand out against any environment, in any weather.
The reflective properties come from retro reflective strips on the garments that reflect light back at its original source. To be certified, the garment must meet ANSI (American National Standards Institute) standards on the widths and amounts of compliant retro reflective material to help enhance a person’s visibility in low-lighting.
The Benefits of High Visibility Clothing
High visibility clothing is an important component of work safety for many jobs such as transportation workers, construction workers, road maintenance crews, tow truck drivers, railway workers, accident site inspectors, first responders, warehouse and even factory workers.
IF YOU CAN BE SEEN EASILY, YOUR SAFETY IS ENSURED!
High visibility safety apparel (HVSA) can include coveralls, vests, jackets, pants, gloves and even headwear. It makes you readily visible to drivers and operators of machinery you are working in proximity to, increasing your safety in the workplace.
Bright colors are chosen to contrast with the color of the work environment.
The difference between retro reflective and fluorescent materials for HVSA
Fluorescent materials depend on bright light for maximum visibility and only functions properly when there is a source of sunlight. Fluorescent HVSA is indicated for use in bright light conditions.
Retro - reflective materials return light back to the source of light that is shining on it and works best in low-light conditions. While the reflective nature of the material is still visible under bright light, there is little contrast, making it largely ineffective for work in bright, sunny conditions.
Many HVSA garments combine fluorescent and retro - reflective properties for maximum versatility and visibility. High visibility safety wear can also be waterproof or flame proof as the need demands, allowing your workers to focus on the task at hand with a greatly reduced risk of external hazards.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN YOUR WORKERS WEAR WITH HI-VS CLOTHING
- If you are working in daylight, fluorescent HVSA is most appropriate.
- Full body coverage is important for maximum visibility.
- Contrasting stripes on the arms and legs help to enhance the visibility of a body in motion
- Choose the color and stripe combination that provides the best visibility under the working conditions.
- Garments worn must adhere to ANSI standards, which is specific to the jobsite and type of work being done.
BE SEEN; BE SAFE WITH HIGH-VISIBILITY SAFETY WORKWEAR
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