Employers have a duty to ensure the provision and use of personal protective equipment at work in accordance with The Personal protective equipment (PPE) at work regulations 1992.
Under health and safety legislation, the employer is legally responsible for the Health and safety of all employees and also visitors on site. If a risk has been identified which requires a person to wear a high visibility garment, the employers have a legal responsibility to supply, free of charge, a garment that must comply with the European standard EN471.
All personal protective equipment should carry the CE Mark, which signifies that the PPE satisfies certain basic safety requirements.
Employers should promote good practice to ensure the health and safety of employees and carry out risk assessments where necessary.
When to Wear Hi-Vis
Ideally all pedestrians and vehicles should be kept separate. Where this is not possible i.e. in loading and unloading areas, the use of EN471 compliant hi-visibility clothing is an excellent way to improve the visibility of pedestrians, and therefore reduce the chance of being hit by a moving vehicle.
Wherever there may be a risk from moving vehicles in close proximity to pedestrians in a working environment, it is important to protect yourself from harm.
Consider the following when choosing hi-visibility garments:
- Working environment – inside or outside
- Lighting conditions – Natural or artificial light
In daytime requirements differ in that a colour contrast needs to be achieved, whereby the fluorescent fabric stands out against the background.
Where visibility is poor, colour contrast cannot be seen; therefore what is known as luminance contrast is required by using retro reflective materials.
The darker the conditions the greater the amount of high-vis will be required to ensure visibility i.e. full-body hi-visibility rather than waistcoat only.
To be effective the colour of hi-visibility workwear needs to allow the wearer to stand out against an ambient background. The best colours are yellow, fluorescent yellow or orange. Retro reflective material should be incorporated where necessary to ensure visibility in low lighting environments.
Many of the designs in our range are windproof and waterproof, with a variety of linings to protect you from the elements.
Hi-visibility clothing is a cost effective way to improve visibility and prevent accidents occurring, greatly reducing the risk of injury.
So Night or Day, WORK SAFE, PLAY SAFE – BE SEEN!