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High Visibility Workwear FAQs

General Frequently Asked Questions About High-Visibility Workwear

Protect yourself and your crew by knowing the facts about high-visibility workwear. See below for a list of the most frequently asked questions about high-visibility clothing and how to select the hi-vis workwear that's right for you. Still have questions? Contact Technical Product Support at 1-800-874-4755 or send an email by clicking here.

Frequently Asked Questions
 

1. What should you consider when shopping for a high-visibility vest?
2. What is the typical service life for high-visibility safety apparel?
3. When should high-visibility apparel be replaced?
4. How should high-visibility apparel be stored?
5. How should high-visibility apparel be cleaned?

 

1. What should you consider when shopping for a high-visibility vest?
Working conditions such as time of day, temperature and type of work being done should all be considered when shopping for a high-visibility vest. A mesh style vest may be the best choice for warm weather work but may not be a factor when selecting a vest for fall or winter work. The class of apparel required by the job should also be considered.

Class 1 garments are not acceptable for any highway work, Class 2 or Class 3 may be required depending on nearby vehicle and equipment speed. For help in determining what is required, see the chart on our ANSI Standards page.


2. What is the typical service life for high-visibility safety apparel?
According to the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), apparel that is worn on a daily basis has a service life of approximately 6 months; apparel that is not worn on a daily basis has a useful life of up to 3 years.


3. When should high visibility apparel be replaced?
According to the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), high-visibility apparel should be replaced when it becomes faded, torn, dirty, soiled, work or defaced, or is no longer visible at 1,000' day or night. High-visibility apparel that is considered “acceptable” has excellent color contrast, reflectively and is not faded or soiled. Apparel that is considered “marginal” has good reflectivity but has some soiling and/or light fading of material. “Unacceptable” high visibility apparel has little or no reflectivity or color, significant fading, or soiling and deteriorated reflective strips. Unacceptable apparel should be removed from service, cut in half and disposed of.

Other factors that may cause high-visibility apparel to wear out more quickly include working at a higher elevation where ultra-violet rays are increased and warm or hot climates. The type of work being done can also affect the life of high visibility garments, some jobs are dirtier or more strenuous, which could lead to increased soiling or tears. Care should also be considered, washing more frequently, or storing a garment in warmer temperatures may also affect service life.


4. How should high-visibility apparel be stored?
When not in use, high-visibility apparel should be stored in a cool, dry location out of direct sunlight.


5. How should high-visibility apparel be cleaned?
Follow the instructions on the garment label. If there is no label, hand wash high-visibility garments in cool water with a mild soap and hang to dry.


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