Hi-Vis clothing is essential for keeping workers safe when working near traffic, cranes, forklifts or other vehicles. It is absolutely needed when working at night or in low-light conditions. The primary role of hi-vis is to separate wearers from whatever background environment they are working in, quickly and at a distance and from all angles. This lowers the risk of accidents happening as everyone can see each other on site.
Being such a vital safety element at work, it's important that garments are somewhat standardised, controlled by legislation and certified as such. The current legislated standard certification is: EN ISO 20471.
Should I Invest in Customised Hi-Vis Clothing?
All hi-vis tends to look the same, especially at distance, which can be a problem on sites where there is a mix of businesses working together. If your employees are wearing vests branded with your logo, you are distinguishing your team from those of other companies.
More than that, banding you hi-vis vests will embed your business into the subconscious of the public or other businesses. See it as a form of company branding. you never know, your next customer could be watching. It doesn't just strengthen your company image either, it strengthens your team's bond by creating a sense of unity. Your employees will feel more aligned with company goals and values and more motivated.
How Often Should I Replace Them?
How often you replace your hi-vis depends on a few factors, but they might not last as long as you would think. Every item has a recommended shelf life, but it depends on how they are used. If they're being in hazardous conditions, such as extreme weather or temperatures, the hi vis garments will not last as long.
The key is to keep an eye out for these factors:
Keep this in mind: When they no longer work to keep you safe, it is time to replace your hi vis.
If you are looking for hi-vis clothing that is high-quality and comfortable, we have a wide range that will suit your needs. Our range of workwear includes hi-vis clothing for women and men so we can provide items for your whole team.