Stay Safe with Roadside High Visibility Vests
If you could add a level of protection for your employees and give your business name recognition for under $15, you would do it, right? It’s a no-brainer.
It is mandated that employees exposed to public vehicular traffic must be provided with, and must wear, warning vests or other suitable garments marked with or made of reflectorized or high-visibility material. These garments are divided into three conspicuity classes to help users determine minimum amounts of retroreflective material, color and placement of material for each work situation. These classes, identified on labels of ANSI-compliant apparel, are based on worker hazards and tasks, complexity of the work environment or background, and vehicular traffic and speed:
Class 1 garments, typically vests, are for users who have ample separation from vehicular traffic that does not exceed 25 mph and where the background is not complex. Parking service attendants, workers in warehouses with equipment traffic, shopping cart retrievers, sidewalk maintenance workers and delivery vehicle drivers fall into this classification.
Class 2 apparel, also available as vests, is intended for users who need greater visibility in inclement weather conditions and whose activities occur near roadways where traffic speeds exceed 25 mph. Workers performing tasks that divert their attention from approaching traffic should wear Class 2 garments, which provide more retroreflective material than Class 1 apparel. These tasks become more hazardous when performed in close proximity to vehicles with little or no separation between the person and traffic. Those in this classification include railway workers, school crossing guards, parking and toll gate personnel, airport ground crews and law enforcement personnel directing traffic.
Class 3 garments have the most retroreflective material and provide the highest level of visibility. They provide conspicuity to workers with high-task loads in a wide range of weather conditions where traffic exceeds 50 mph. Class 3 garments, which include striping on the torso, arms and legs, are recommended for roadway construction personnel and vehicle operators, utility workers, survey crews, emergency responders, railway workers and accident site investigators.
Safety Products Store, a division of Repro Products, Inc., offers Class 2 safety vests customized with company logos or other lettering on the back starting at $12.50. Other high visibility apparel is also available ranging from shirts to jackets to hard hats to safety glasses. The cost to protect workers is low, while the hazards encountered on the job can be catastrophic. If you are interested in roadside high visibility safety wear you can browse our selection here.