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Reflective Safety Vest

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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Reflective safety vests are usually made of a loose, nylon mesh and provide safety for workers who are operating in low-light conditions. Safety vests are often used in roadside applications where oncoming traffic presents a constant danger to workers. They can also increase the visibility of a figure against a cluttered background, making them useful for indoor operations such as warehouse usage as well.

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) rates reflective safety vests according to their visibility. Class 1 vests are useful when a workers full attention can be given to monitoring potentially hazardous situations, such as slow moving traffic. Class 2 vests, which usually include a degree of reflectiveness, are primarily for tasks in low light or against a cluttered background, where a worker may be distracted from the potential dangers.

The most reflective safety vests, Class 3 vests, feature a full 360 degrees of reflectivity. If your application involves performing high-risk operations adjacent to quickly moving traffic or other potentially hazardous situations, Class t3 reflective vests may be most suited to your needs. While wearing a Class 3 vest, the wearer can be identified as a person through a full range of motion, eliminating potentially hazardous confusion.

Purchasing Reflective Safety Vests

Safety vests and other safety products are available though industrial and construction equipment suppliers around the country. An alternative to catalog shopping is using an online vendor. Online retailers can usually offer quantity discounts as well as a knowledgeable sales staff to answer any technical questions of concerns you may have.


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