High Visibility Apparel Keeps Workers SafeMarch 29, 2019
Construction workers, warehouse workers, and police officers are just a few examples of employees that you might see wearing high-visibility garments like bibs, vests, coveralls, or hard hats with reflective tape. These simple, yet effective items are often part of a recommended safety protocol that has been put into place to protect workers and help prevent injuries.
Recently, there has been an increased demand for reusable, cost-effective, high-visibility apparel options for indoor and outdoor use. There are a number of things to keep in mind when determining which apparel options are the best choice for workers.
High-visibility garments are made of different types of materials, including fluorescent material, which takes a portion of ultraviolet light from the sun and returns it to the viewer, making it more visible. A garment made of this material only functions in natural light.
Retroreflective material is another option, which returns light in the direction of its source. This type of material is most effective in low light conditions, although it can be used in daylight as well.
Factors to Keep in Mind When Choosing High Visibility Apparel
Like any safety-related materials used in the workplace, employers must make sure that the apparel they select complies with the relevant Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards for high-visibility clothing.
They should also consider the following factors when deciding which items to provide for their employees, based on the type of work they are doing:
- Colorful stripes that contrast with the background material ensure optimal visibility. Stripes situated on the arms and legs can alert others about how the worker is moving.
- Apparel should fit properly, taking into account the clothing that will be worn underneath the high-visibility apparel.
- The apparel should be comfortable. If there are any sharp or rough edges, it can cause irritations or other injuries. The apparel should also be lightweight.
- No clothing should be worn that covers the high-visibility garment, as this would defeat the purpose of wearing the item.
- Workers should be reminded to keep their high-visibility materials clean and in good condition at all times.
- If the garment becomes worn, ripped, or extremely dirty, it should be replaced, as it will no longer provide the acceptable level of visibility needed to protect the worker.
As more high-visibility apparel is being used, both indoors and outdoors, these items are being employed for a number of other job-related and recreational uses, including:
- Warehouse and maintenance personnel
- Security personnel
- Parking lot attendants
- School crossing guards
- Vendors and food service staff at stadiums
In addition to the safety benefits of high-visibility apparel, it is generally a low-cost way to ensure that employees are easily seen and recognized as part of a team or group of workers.
Generally, this type of clothing can be worn multiple times, and simply needs to be washed so that the reflective material remains effective.
Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Workplace Injuries
If you have been injured at work because you were not given the appropriate high-visibility safety apparel, it is in your best interest to contact the Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We will walk you through the claims process and ensure that you receive the full benefits you are entitled to receive, including medical expenses, lost wages, and any other costs associated with your injury. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 844-556-4LAW (4529) or contact us online. We proudly serve clients in Baltimore and across Maryland.