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Summer Hi-Visibility Workwear – Why you still need to wear Hi-Vis in the lighter seasons
SUMMER HI-VISIBILITY WORKWEAR
Why do you still need to wear Hi-visibility clothing in the summer months? Longer days and lighter nights are not a replacement for EN 20471 certified protective workwear.
Think you only need to wear hi-vis in the winter or when light and visibility are poor?
‘The reflective nature of the fabrics pick up and reflect the natural light that surrounds you, which makes you highly visible.’
Clear blue skies and soaring temperatures may call for you to swap your trousers for shorts, but that doesn’t mean you should pack away your hi-vis gear with your winter wear!
We get it; hi-vis is probably the last thing you think of when you are off to work on a sunny day. But wearing hi-vis clothing is just as important in spring and summer as it is the rest of the year – especially early in the morning or late evening when the sun is low on the horizon.
Look at the statistics: wearing hi-vis clothing can speed up a driver’s reaction to a potential hazard by up to three seconds. In many situations, that could be the difference between life and death. Worryingly, in many work environments, how much hi-vis workers wear is entirely up to the workers or the companies’ risk assessments. However, we each have a duty of care to protect ourselves and others, which is why we should make wearing hi-vis clothing a priority.
What Type of Hi-Vis Clothing Should You Wear in the Summer?
Choosing the right hi-vis wear for the summer can be difficult when there are so many options available. We recommend clothing that is equipped with modern retro-reflective technology. Put simply (we don’t want to bore you with too much jargon!), this type of hi-vis wear has either micro glass beads or micro prisms incorporated into it.
The glass beads and prisms reflect any light that it comes in contact with and redirects it back on a parallel course, but in the opposite direction to its place of origin. This means that you can be noticed by any person at the origin light, making you more visible than anyone around you, day or night. Wearing this type of hi-vis makes you particularly safe in the summertime. When the sun hits this type of design, the reflection of the beams projects in an intensity that is stronger than the light surrounding it. The reflective nature of the fabrics pick up and reflect the natural light that surrounds you, which makes you highly visible.
It’s all about harnessing solar power to make you safer!
We can help you to discover what hi-vis wear will keep you and your colleagues safer all year round. Contact us now at hazchemsafety.com. We are here to help.