Road construction crews must don reflective vests while on-site. A construction crew’s garb is their first line of defense against the dangers of a construction zone, especially at night, when most road work is achieved. During twilight hours, motorists speed by paying little attention to the hard-working crew members – it’s reflective vests that grab the attention of motorists and allow construction crew members to become visible; invisibility is a construction crew’s enemy.

Although road construction crews would like to take a cue from certain Octopus and emit bioluminescence, they’re stuck with the next best thing, HV-PPE’s. High Visibility Personal Protection Equipment (HV-PPE), commonly referred to as high visibility vests. High visibility vests combat invisibility and save lives. These vests contrast the surrounding environment via vivid colors and reflective materials, much like the Octopus.

Knights wear shining armor, however, it’s a thin layer of reflective cloth that protects our road and building construction crews. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredits three, successively more visible, neon vests for the safety of those at risk from motor vehicle collision. Each of the three vests fulfills a different requirement for fluorescent background and length. Shorter designs allow for equipment belts as well as radios for paramedics. The virtue of these vests rests in a novel invention by Harry Hetzler, Hetzler created the first reflective material by adding glass beads to paint. Reflective vests may not be a fashion statement, but the Occupation Safety and Health Administration requires that they are worn on-site.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires road construction crews to don high visibility vests. A letter published by OSHA states that section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act requires road crews to wear high-visibility garments on-site, this sentiment is echoed by the Manual on Unified Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). Moreover, American National Standard Institute II approved vests fulfill the requirements set forth by both OSHA and the MUTCD.

Best Safety Vests is a leading provider of ANSI approved high visibility vests. Whether your crew works at constructing America’s vast network of roads or atop a looming skyscraper, Best Safety Vest has the correct ANSI approved vest for your crew! They even offer customized vests with your logo – brand recognition is essential these days, regardless of industry.