When it comes to improving workplace safety, there are many different regulations and strategies that are used, many of which are very effective. One of the best things that can be done, however, has been a popular option since long before regulatory agencies got involved. Wearing high-visibility safety apparel and accessories can dramatically reduce the risk of accident and injury in many different environments.
Over the years, a lot of research has been done to determine what the most effective strategies are for improving safety with high-visibility safety gear. This research has led to the development of the ANSI/ISEA 107 standard. This is a standard that is used by many different industries when deciding what type of safety apparel and accessories to use. In addition, the recommendations and other information from these standards are used in many different OSHA standards.
The ANSI/ISEA 107 standard covers several different topics related to safety apparel and accessories and their visibility. Specifically, they identify how visible the material must be, how much light the material will reflect, and how these things are tested.
One of the most common things that these standards cover is the color of the safety gear. The most recommended colors are yellow-green, orange-red, or just red. These colors are chosen because they are naturally very visible to the human eye. In addition, the material used on this type of gear needs to be highly reflective. This helps to ensure that the person wearing them can be seen even in low light conditions. In fact, the highly reflective materials stand out best when there is not much ambient light and then a headlight or flashlight meets the material.
When purchasing safety gear, companies need to make sure that they are using the proper high-visibility standards where appropriate. Making sure that this gear follows the ANSI/ISEA 107 standard is the best way to maximize visibility and safety throughout the workplace.
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