Safety vest is the safety gear necessary to keep personnel visible to other people, especially when working along roads. Federal agencies, such as the American National Standards Institute/International Safety Equipment Association (ANSI/ISEA) has time and again enacted requirements to promote high standards for protective clothing. The standards for safety vests are no different.
Because safety vests are designed for the purpose of keeping the wearer clearly in view, they make use of colors that can always be seen and glows in the dark. For instance, fluorescent colors such as green, yellow and orange make it easier for workers to see and locate one another. The standard ensures that these colors are up to par for the work environments they are to be used in. High-visibility safety vests are often the first, and sometimes the only thing keeping any employee visible in working conditions with less than optimal lighting. For example, drivers and equipment operators may not always have the time or opportunity to stop and check for other employees in the area. The high-visibility vest allows them to remain aware of personnel that may be in danger of being hit by vehicles or work equipment. As such, they are able to avoid the other workers, preventing accidents and potentially saving lives.
Sometimes, employees such as delivery truck drivers and construction crew workers are sent to work sites in areas they are unfamiliar with. This makes it difficult to locate the exact position of the work site, particularly if the site is an excavation they need to find early in the morning. High-visibility safety vests not only indicate where the construction site is. It can also provide a guide to the safest and shortest way to access the site.
High-visibility vests can come with logos printed on the back. These vests help individual crew members distinguish themselves from employees of other companies. In addition, these can help increase the public awareness of the company as well as their presence in the market. High-visibility safety vests often serve as the first line of defense against certain work hazards, allowing employees to carry out their duties safely. Federal standards are in place to ensure that safety gear uniforms are designed in the most optimal way to keep employees safe. In this way, accidents are significantly reduced, and workplace safety is effectively maintained.