Construction and roadside worksites with moving traffic and heavy machinery, present increased hazards, and potentially dangerous conditions for workers.
Reduced daylight and a busy work environment make it harder to see workers. This increases the risk of potential accidents.
High visibility clothing is one of the most effective and inexpensive measures to put in place to improve the safety of workers on the worksite.
The Australian standard 1906.4:2010 Retroreflective materials and devices for road traffic control purposes – High-visibility materials for safety garments
This standard explains the use of hi-visibility fabrics and retroreflective materials. It specifies the chromaticity levels to which fabrics need to be dyed in terms of performance and atmospheric pressure in order to comply with safety standards. Natural fibre garments have a lower chromaticity level due to the nature of the fabric. However, only when a polyester garment is deemed a risk to the wearer in certain applications, should cotton or wool be worn in its place.
Class F = Daytime fluorescent
Class R = Retroreflective material
Class RF = Retroreflective and fluorescent
Class NF = High daytime visibility NON Fluorescent
High viz clothing is effective because the bright coloured fabric increases the visibility of the wearer against the workplace environment. This allows the easy recognition of a worker at a distance which can help to avoid potentially dangerous situations.
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