Safety vests in the workplace
1. Increased Visibility in Dark or High Traffic Areas
Any job that requires a person to work in a potentially dangerous area with low visibility and/or moving vehicles or machinery is required to wear safety vest.
Anybody wearing reflective jacket can be easily noticed by oncoming traffic.
Safety vest are usually made up of either cotton or polyester and is designed to be reflective using special materials and bands.
These bands are micro-prismatic and are reflective from all angles, helping increase the wearer’s visibility.
Whilst this safety vest clothing is designed to last a long time over a given amount of washes, it’s important the garments are worn correctly, stored properly and are examined regularly for wear and tear.
As an indicator, your Hi Vis gear will need replacing when the outside material becomes less reflective and/or the reflective bands start to wear.
2. Reduce Risk of Accidents
Safety vest reduces the risk of accidents and fatalities in busy environments where there is vehicular traffic – in construction areas, marshaling yards and industrial premises.
At locations such as these, safety vest work wear or PPE (personal protective equipment) is required by Health and Safety regulations.
Similarly, in large storage aisles and warehouses, forklifts can be relatively silent if their warning horns are momentarily not in operation.
In this type of environment or when working near entrance and exit areas, reflective over vests or jackets are required as a minimum.
3. Mandatory By Law Enforcement Agents
It is obligatory for the employer, under employment contract to provide safe system and place of work and to take measures to ensure the safety of the worker.
Therefore, Professional Health & Safety advisers frown at companies not adhering to this simple instruction and therefore carry out routine checks to ensure compliance.
Depending on ambient lighting and any electrical illumination, full body hi-vis clothing may be necessary for workers so that the drivers of approaching vehicles can see the wearer more easily.
This is especially important in traffic management roles; reflective trousers and jackets are much more noticeable and, therefore, help to increase the margin of safety.
The most effective choice of garment color are: Yellow, Orange or Lemon. However, the contrast of the wearer against any background must be considered for safety where there is less than optimal lighting; Extra reflective strips are an additional bright feature on some types of waistcoat and trousers.
5. Use As Mode Of Identification
It can be used to good effect at a corporate level to identify staff and authorized personnel in any given location – particularly where access is controlled or restricted for safety or security reasons.
This uniformity of appearance makes it easier for approaching visitors to identify company employees at goods inwards or security gates. It also fosters a team spirit in employees and increases awareness of a company’s presence by promoting a visible corporate identity.
Jobs That Require High Visibility Jacket
Occupation that use high visibility jackets include:
- Security Guards
- Parking Assistants
- Railway and Highway workers,
- Site Engineers,
- Airport workers,
- or other places where workers are near moving vehicles or in dark areas.
- Some cyclists wear hi vis jacket when riding amongst motor vehicles.
- Hunters may be required to wear designated high-visibility clothing to prevent accidental
Whilst Hi Vis jacket is a key component of PPE in the workplace, it’s also used more and more throughout the leisure and sports industry; e.g. cyclists, runners, walkers and hikers, referees etc. Wearers not only appreciate the visual safety benefits, but also appreciate that it can aid in locating people who have become lost or injured.
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