Safety apparel appropriate for your workplace.
In any given work environment, safety is one of the biggest concerns. How do you keep your employees safe from any dangers or hazards at work? One of the best ways is by appropriately incorporating safety apparel into their uniform.
What is Safety Apparel?
Safety apparel is a type of personal protective equipment (PPE). While personal protective equipment ranges from protective eyewear to hard hats and safety apparel. Safety apparel by definition is clothing designed to protect from injury or infection.
Do Your Employees Need Safety Apparel?
If you are having to ask yourself, “do my employees need safety apparel?,” chances are they do. Safety apparel is very important for employees who are working in low visibility areas. This can be construction sites, doing roadwork, rescue workers, fisherman and more.
How to use Safety Apparel Properly
Whenever you or one of your employees are stepping into a space considered dangerous, it is important to have on safety apparel. This clothing should be comfortable and not too loose on the body. The fit of the safety apparel is incredibly important. If safety apparel does not fit properly, in either extreme, it could lead to dangerous exposure and contamination or machine snag hazards. It is important to properly train your employees on how to wear this safety apparel properly in accordance to your work environment.
It is important that the color of your safety apparel provides contrast to your work environment. If you are working on the side of a highway it might not be the best idea to get a green or blue colored safety apparel. Something like yellow or orange would be better for higher visibility. There are proven studies that if a person has on a fluorescent garment that can be seen at a distance,it draws attention to that person and makes them stand out from the rest of the background.
American National Standards Institute Safety Apparel Standards
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) classifies safety apparel into three categories:
- Class 1 garments: These class 1 garments are for employees working directly with traffic and moving vehicles that are moving no faster than 25 mph. For example, parking lot attendants, employees working in a warehouse where equipment is present or employees retrieving items from parking lots.
- Class 2 garments: These class 2 garments are for employees who are involved in work activities with aggressive weather conditions or conditions more elevated then class 1. For example, forest rangers, construction on a highway with cars going faster than 25 mph, airports attendees and emergency responders.
- Class 3 garments: These class 3 garments are for employees who need high visibility and might be involved with extremely hazardous situations. For example, survey crews, towing operators and working in extremely dangerous weather.
Safety Apparel Outerwear
Safety pants (for thermal or rain use), safety sweatshirts, windbreakers, and insulated bomber jackets are parimy safety supplies for many industries and companies. Keep warm, safe, and seen with HiVizGard Safety Apparel and workplace outerwear.
Where Can I get Safety Apparel?
Harmony Business Supplies can assist with your safety apparel needs. You can shop our selection of ANSI compliant safety apparel on our store.
Our Class 3 apparel is water-resistant, with retro-reflective stripes on the front, back and sleeves so your employees can be seen at all times. Our safety apparel comes in a selection of colors and sizes range from M-4XL. Call us at (800) 899-1255 or chat with us today to place your safety apparel order or learn more.