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USA Safety Supply Blog

The best Hi-Viz jacket for comfort and compliance

October 9, 2017 | Topics: hi viz, high visibility clothing

Hi-Viz Protection and Comfort High visibility protection and comfortable breathability can combine to create your perfect PPE. Sound too good to be true? Then you haven’t seen the Phase 3™ Hi-Viz Jacket from Tingley. Roadway and public safety workers require a specific type of hi-vis gear. A simple fluorescent orange T-shirt won’t cut it for occupations including utility workers, construction workers, and emergency service personnel. Due to the dangerous nature of these types of jobs, specific measurements for background fabric, reflective material, and retroreflective material must be met. In short, many utility workers require ANSI Class 3 apparel. This is especially true under the following conditions:

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ANSI Hi-Vis PPE: Choose the Right Gear – Fast!

September 20, 2017 | Topics: hi viz, high visibility clothing, hi vis

Industrial workplaces are fast-paced, ever-changing job sites. This means there’s a lot for industrial workers to remember to stay safe at work. From standard operating procedures to regulations, workers often have a laundry list of things to do and rules to follow.

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Hi-Vis Rain Gear: Staying Safe in Low-Visibility Situations

September 11, 2017 | Topics: high visibility clothing, hi vis

Even in clear weather conditions, a worksite can be a dangerous place for employees. It's not uncommon to find equipment and heavy machinery moving around. Employees are often heavily focused on their task. Given these conditions, it is all too easy to lose sight of one. Reflective clothing helps make workers stand out in these hazardous situations.  It's important to know the options out there and understanding what types of conditions call for what kind of gear. High-visibility rain gear can help increase your team’s safety and comfort when weather comes calling.  The Case for Hi-Viz Rain Gear Does your crew work outside? Do they wear regular high visibility gear like vests and shirts? If so, you have a strong case for stocking some high visibility rain gear.

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High-Visibility Hats and Other Protective Clothing You Need

August 29, 2017 | Topics: high visibility hats, hi vis hats

When it comes to hi-vis, only meeting the minimum standard isn’t always going to protect your workers.

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Hi-Vis Shirts: The Breakdown You Didn't know You Needed

August 24, 2017 | Topics: hi viz, high visibility clothing

The Declaration of Independence says that all men are created equal. We cannot say the same for high visibility shirts. At a job site these shirts are a big, flashing sign that lets everyone know where you are. When you are easily seen by your crew, it benefits everyone. Being visible to coworkers helps to reduce struck-by incidents. It keeps them safer from work equipment, machinery, and heavy loads of materials. High-visibility shirts can be of use to all industrial workers. But, the perfect shirt for one person might not make the cut for another. If you're looking for the right shirt for your workers, there are obvious differences in quality you should be aware of. There’s also a wide selection of designs, materials, and other features to choose from. Knowing potential work hazards, operational procedures, worker preferences, and compliance requirements is key. This information will help you sort through the endless design and style options for high visibility clothing. With so much variety on the market, knowing the right hi-vis shirts for your workers isn’t always a clear choice. So if you're looking for some extra insight on what to consider when outfitting your crew, keep reading.  

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Regulations for Reflective Clothing on the Job: Why They Matter

August 22, 2017 | Topics: hi viz, high visibility clothing, reflective clothing

  You’ve likely seen workers in those bright yellow, orange, lime green, and even red shirts. You know, the ones with the shiny strips flashing in the sunlight? Maybe you’ve even put one on yourself. Reflective clothing, also known as high-visibility or hi-vis workwear, has become an important piece of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for workers. A lot of thought and research goes into designing these items of clothing. A lot of thought and research also goes into the rules around how to use them. In this article, we’ll look at the specifics of the regulations and the intention behind the rules. You'll also learn why to consider reflective clothing for your worksite even when OHSA doesn’t require it.

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Hi-Vis Orange vs. Hi-Vis Green: Is It More than Just Preference?

August 15, 2017 | Topics: hi viz, high visibility clothing

Color choice doesn't always seem like an obvious concern when it comes to PPE. Whether your rubber chemical gloves are green or black... whether your hard hat is blue or yellow... whether your fall protection harness is black or red. This hardly crosses anyone's mind.

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High visibility clothing: When is it mandated?

August 10, 2017 | Topics: hi viz, high visibility clothing

Not All High-Visibility Workwear is Equal In your industrial job, you're sure to come across occasions when compliance is on the line. In these cases, you’ll need protective clothing that meets regulations set by ANSI/ISEA. If you're responsible for employees who work in locations where there is moving traffic, you want them to be seen. This is true whether they're roadside construction crews, police officers, or emergency responders. And that means getting them the most visible, non-restricting clothing possible.

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Women's Hi Vis workwear: What's Different and Why

August 9, 2017 | Topics: hi viz

When it comes to job site safety, sticking out like a sore thumb is a good thing.

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Hi Vis Work Vest Classification Breakdown Anyone Can Understand

July 25, 2017 | Topics: hi viz, road safety, reflective apparel

Safety should be simple and straightforward... But agencies and legal teams get involved. The regulations and standards often become convoluted and unreadable.  OSHA and ANSI provide standards not only for safety. They also give requirements for the tools and garments suggested for safety. But it often feels like there's something lost in the translation. Trying to turn the technical jargon into plain English can be a tough code to crack.

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