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Be Seen. Be Safe. What’s New in Construction Hi-Vis?

Construction workers are exposed to many dangers on a daily basis. One of the most important items of PPE is hi-vis clothing. Hi-vis clothing is designed to be highly visible, so that workers can be easily seen by both co-workers and passing motorists. Hi-vis clothing is classified by the American National Standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel and Accessories (ANSI/ISEA 107-2015).

There are three classes of hi-vis clothing, based on the amount and width of reflective material, as well as the background material. In addition, hi-vis clothing is designated for specific work purposes, such as:

  • Off-Road - Type O
  • Roadway or Temporary Traffic Control - Type R
  • Public Safety Activities - Type P

Join Scott Laxton as he updates us on what's new for Hi-Vis for Construction.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Proper selection of high-visibility (hi-vis) protection involves considering factors such as the type of protection needed (vest, shirt), the class of protection, hazards involved, colour needed, worker's role, and the need for accessories or credentials.
  2. Hi-vis apparel should fit properly to avoid snagging on moving machinery, and there are specific garments designed for women to address fit issues.
  3. Breakaway vests with Velcro at major seams are a good option for job sites with moving machinery as they address the snagging issue.
  4. Flame-resistant hi-vis protection is necessary in applications where Sparks are involved.
  5. Durability and lifespan of hi-vis protection, as well as environmental factors such as rain or cold, should be considered when selecting hi-vis protection.

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