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Friday, April 20, 2012

Reflective Vests
Visibility is a key factor in remaining safe for different types of outdoor jobs. Being struck by motorists is fairly common in certain professions including:

• Crossing guards
• Construction workers working on roads
• Police officers
• Landscapers

Cyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians (including joggers) also face these dangers, especially when on the roads at night. It could be argued that anyone spending extended periods in the vicinity of a roadway is in danger of being struck. A particular concern is work done around loud equipment, where an operator may not immediately see those immediately in their vicinity. While visibility may not be a factor in all such accidents, it is in some.

A worker or cyclist will need to take precautions, including the wearing of safety clothing like reflective belts and vests that enables them to be visible at dark, or even so that they stand out from their surroundings.

One factor to consider when purchasing any kind of safety gear, including reflective clothing, is effectiveness. This clothing is only useful if it works. The question that should be asked is will a particular type of clothing make the wearer more visible to motorists? One way in which reflective is rated is using the American Standards Institute/International Safety Equipment Association (ANSI/ISEA) standard. Specifically ANSI/ISEA 107-1999. The standard exists to allow those seeking reflective apparel to select the most effective product and to remain safe. It is seen as a means of determining quality.

Types of Reflective Clothing for Workers

The most common form of reflective gear worn is the reflective safety vest. They are easy to put on, highly visible and can be worn over any type of clothing. They come in a number of styles and types and can be either ANSI 2 or 3. One of the key features of the reflective vests, in particular, is that they are customizable, meaning that a logo or company name can be printed on them. The higher the number, the more reflective material there is in the item. The more reflective the product, the better for use it is in areas where bad weather is common or where light may be limited. The color traditionally used for reflective clothing to be worn during certain hours is yellow-green. Wearing a yellow-green reflective vest makes an individual particularly visible during daylight hours. Orange is traditional in some situations. Both colors are supposed to have the benefit of allowing the wearer to stand out from low visibility situations

Running Reflective Gear

Runners should always try to avoid areas that are not well-lit, but sometimes low-light situations are unavoidable. Like roadside workers, runners face a high risk of being struck by vehicles. They may face this risk whether or not they are wearing running reflective gear, but even so, being more visible is always a good idea. There are reflective vests and other types of gear designed specifically for use by runners. Reflective armbands are useful for runners who do not want to cover themselves with an additional layer of clothing. Reflective armbands have an additional benefit due to their position. Studies have shown that drivers see reflective objects more quickly if they are placed on the knees, elbows, shoulders or waist (such as reflective belts).

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