High visibility vests are used in many different applications. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) knows the value of high visibility apparel to workers and requires employers to provide employees with "reflectorized and highly visible materials to enhance worker safety." The U.S. Department of Transportation specifies high visibility clothing for law enforcement officers, flaggers and other workers that are in a traffic related work environment. Danger is everywhere in road construction working environments. Noise made be working equipment makes it hard for workers to hear approaching vehicles and equipment operators have limited visibility. Not to mention the impatient drivers who don't pay attention or slow down to the posted construction speed limits. For Class 2 (according to the ANSI/ ISEA 107-1999 for high visibility safety apparel) environment workers, meaning they are in close proximity to vehicles traveling 25 miles per hour or faster, high visibility Class 2 vests are worn. Workers who wear Class 2 high visibility vests or clothing are railroad maintenance crews, airport baggage handlers and ground crews, toll gate personnel, emergency response and law enforcement personnel, school crossing guards, survey crews, road construction and utility workers, trash collectors and ship cargo loading operations.
High visibility safety vests should be a fluorescent color with reflective striping. The fluorescent color helps the vest to stand out from the background, while the reflective striping reflects light alerting others of the wearer. High visibility safety vests are available in different sizes for a better fit. Some also have pockets for tools and most are machine washable. Some high visibility vests are mesh. Some mesh vests do not meet the ANSI standards, so be sure your mesh vest meets the ANSI standards appropriate for your application. The Class 2 mesh vest are excellent in warm weather temperatures, allowing for maximum breathability along with high level visibility. Visibility is the cause for many injuries and deaths of workers when they are hit by vehicles or heavy equipment. There are limitless high visibility clothing designs, ranging from vests to highly specialized products designed for specific needs. The ISEA (International Safety Equipment Association) works hard to provide workers with the very best high visibility clothing to keep them safe and out of harms way, in any light, day or night. Whatever your high visibility needs, we're helping you see it here at Reliable Paper.