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High visibility clothing

High visibility clothing is increasingly required in more workplaces and at for night time or in exceptional weather conditions. From mine sites to construction, rail, manufacturing, ground crews at airports, traffic zones through to kids on school excursions. The places which require high visibility clothing is on the rise. High visibility clothing key role of is to signal the worker’s presence in an area and make them easier to see. While wearing high visibility clothing, workers can be more easily noticed.

Hi visibility is effective for humans as our eyes are better able to identify moving forms that are in contrast to the surrounding work area. This is the reason why strong, contrasting colours such as neon yellow, orange, or pink are more popular and used for the design and creation of high visibility clothing. Reflective tapes that can be positioned strategically on the body and around the extremities can signal even better the position and the movement of the worker. These tapes have the role of reflecting the light to the source of light, and the contrast with the background fabric can significantly increase visibility. The background material is often fluorescent and a type of polyester. In other words, the fabric is meant to absorb ultraviolet light and reflect it in a spectrum visible to the human eye. This is the reason why the fluorescent material increases visibility in the presence of natural light. The fluorescent fabric combined with reflective tapes can ensure increased efficiency of the high visibility clothing.

There are several safety levels of high visibility clothing, depending on the quantity of reflective and fluorescent material used. The lowest level of visibility (pants with reflective tapes on them, for example) can be used when the risks of injury are minimal or in combination with other reflective safety equipment. A medium level of safety for high visibility clothing is associated with reflective vests. These vests need to have two reflective tapes of 50 mm around the waist or one horizontal tape and two vertical tapes at the level of the shoulders. The highest level of safety for the high visibility clothing is represented by clothes that have reflective tape on the sleeves (motion tape above and below the elbow), and also at the level of the shoulders. This is increased with an X on the back, which indicates the direction the person is facing.

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