Hi-Viz Safety Apparel Quick Reference

Do you ever find yourself wondering what type of job would require which class of Hi-Viz Safety Apparel?

Here are some examples that may be helpful:

High Risk: Class 2 for daytime, Class 3 for low-light conditions.

High Risk Situation Examples:

  • Vehicles travelling more that 80 km/h (50 mph)
  • Workers on foot and vehicle operators with high task loads that clearly place the worker in danger
  • Situations where a workers’ full range of body motions must be visible from at least 390 m (1,280 ft) away

Job Examples:

  • Roadway construction workers
  • Utility workers
  • Survey crews
  • Emergency responders
  • Road assistance/Courtesy patrols
  • Flagging crews
  • Towing operators

Medium Risk: Class 2 or 3 based on certain conditions.

Medium Risk Situation Examples:

  • Vehicles or equipment travelling between 40-80 km/h (25-50 mph)
  • Workers who require greater visibility under inclement weather conditions or low light
  • When work backgrounds are complex
  • When a workers’ tasks require their attention to be diverted from approaching vehicle traffic
  • When workers are performing tasks in or near flowing traffic

Job Examples:

  • Roadway construction, utility, forestry or railway workers
  • Utility workers
  • Survey crews
  • School crossing guards
  • Parking and/or toll gate workers
  • Airport baggage handlers and ground crews
  • Emergency response personnel
  • Members of law enforcement
  • Accident site investigators

Low Risk: Class 2, Class 1 under certain conditions.

Low Risk Situation Examples:

  • Workers in activities that permit full and undivided attention to approaching traffic
  • When there is ample separation between the worker on foot and the traffic
  • When work backgrounds are not complex, allowing for optimal visibility
  • When vehicles are moving slowly (less than 40 km/h or 25mph)
  • When a workers’ attention is diverted from approaching traffic

Job Examples:

  • Directing vehicle operators to parking or service locations
  • Retrieving shopping carts in parking lots
  • Warehouse operations
  • “Right-of-Way” or sidewalk maintenance workers
  • Shipping/Receiving jobs

We hope this helps to clarify things a little. But please remember that these are just some examples and are for informational purposes only. If you are unclear what class of safety apparel you need for your specific work duties, please contact your employer.

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