lundi 26 mai 2014

Some Facts About High Visibility Safety Products

By Minnie Whitley

To be safe from most harm is one of the goals of man. People work hard to earn money and reach financial security. People abide by the rules and are careful not to put a toe out of line for political safety. People live a healthy lifestyle to achieve physical safety. People go to different places of worship to have spiritual security.

But, to be honest, there is of course no such feeling as being safe from all kinds of harm. Man feels pain, one way or another, no matter how hard he tries to avoid it. He gets hurt emotionally as bonds between him and the people around him weaken and are severed. He gets hurt financially as he faces bankruptcy or unemployment. He gets hurt physically in a hazard prone work place, especially if he neglects to use high visibility safety products.

These are usually pants, vests, bibs, jumpsuits, and even head gear that provide additional protection to the one wearing it. These are made of sturdy and low maintenance materials. One standout characteristic of these apparel is that they allow the wearer to be visible at all times, especially in dimly lit areas where it is hard for one to see clearly. They also have shiny silver strips that reflect light.

Usually, these high visibility clothing are used by traffic control officers, roadside construction workers, emergency response units, parking lot attendants, and the like. These people are working in high risk working conditions that may be poorly light or may be working during night time. They use such products so that they will be easily and clearly seen by others in the same environment.

These apparel are made using two types of materials. One is the fluorescent material. This takes UV rays from the sun and sends it back to anyone who looks at it as more visible light. However, as they need UV rays from the sun, products made from these materials can only be used in broad daylight. This has lead to the dilemma faced by night time workers who need the same protective gear.

To solve the problem, gears made from retro reflective materials are used for night shift laborers. This returns light in the direction of the source. For example, people working on road constructions after sunset are seen by drivers because the light from the headlights of the car will hit the retro reflective suit and will bounce back to the source of light. These are most suited for low light conditions.

And, since technological advances are making living conditions day by day, there are also protective wear that functions both ways. This is very tricky, since not all fluorescent materials are retro reflective, and vice versa. If you are planning on these types of materials, it is recommended that you used only those that passed the OSHA standards.

When you are choosing which safety apparel to use, you should see to it that you take note of the size or the fit of the working gear. It should provide for maximum coverage with reflectors than can be seen at all angles. It should not be too bulky, especially when worn with ordinary work clothes underneath. It should also allow its wearer to move freely and comfortably.

There are three classifications of these protective clothing, according to levels of coverage. Class 1 offers only very low coverage. Class 2 offers average coverage and good visibility. Class 3 offers superior coverage and maximum visibility even at long distances.

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