High-visibility-clothing requirements, once mainly targeted to hunters and road construction crews, have been expanded to affect a large number of employees in a variety of professions. So-called ANSI 107 rules go into detail about which workers need brightly colored garb, and some of these categories might surprise you. Let’s take a look at these wide ranging requirements and the ways in which workers can be safe and comfortable.
People in Traffic
The old standard of high-visibility clothing was focused on people who work near or in traffic, and this is still the case. However, the scope of the rules includes some professions one might not usually think of, such as school crossing guards and parking lot attendants. Really, just about anyone who works around moving vehicles is required to wear high-visibility garments, even those working on private roads. Here are some of the main jobs in which bright clothes are part of the uniform.
- Roadway construction workers
- Accident site investigators
- Emergency response workers and law enforcement
There are other professions that work in traffic or in places with a lot of vehicles moving around, such as at an airport or in a warehouse. Forklifts and baggage movers are much the same as cars, so the high-visibility clothes are needed for personal protection. These are some of the places one might find employees in bright clothes.
- Utility and surveying crews
- Warehouse workers
- Railway personnel
Not everyone who is required to wear high-visibility clothing must wear full coverage. Reflective materials such as tape are sufficient in some applications. Though the simplest solution might be a bright orange vest, many workers also choose jackets, hats, vests, or gloves that meet the visibility standards for their jobs. Depending on the speed of the traffic the employees will be working near, the distance requirements change. The faster the traffic speed, the farther away drivers must be able to see the workers.
Being safe and comfortable at the same time is an issue for many employees who must don high-visibility clothing. In extreme weather conditions, it may be difficult to find a happy medium between following safety rules and maintaining an ideal body temperature. Fortunately, clothing manufacturers have expanded their offerings to include high-visibility garments that may solve this problem. For example, in high heat, workers may choose to wear a bright T-shirt instead of a vest so that they only have to don a single layer. Or, in cold conditions, there are fleece-lined jackets made entirely of reflective material so workers can be warm and safe. Other options include these garments.
- Raincoats with removable liners
- Hooded sweatshirts with color blocking
- Moisture-wicking shirts in required colors
- Polo shirts with heat-transfer reflective material
The rules concerning high-visibility clothing are affecting more workers with each rewriting of the ANSI code. Fortunately, clothing manufacturers have expanded their offerings to meet these requirements to allow workers to be safe and compliant with less effort. A wide range of employees can now look beyond just the reflective vests to find the personal safety option that’s perfect for their jobs.