Construction Safety Clothing
When it comes to construction, workers need durable, protective garments that will keep up with a variety of tasks while also withstanding rough and often unpredictable weather conditions. Visibility is also paramount no matter the construction site, job, or time of year. Hi-vis clothing options also need to protect against struck-by and heat stress hazards.
On job sites where workers also face burn injury hazards, flame-resistant hi-vis protection is an accessible option. From base layers to outerwear these protective options could be the difference between minor injuries and potential fatality.
Roadway & Struck-by Hazards
Utilizing high-visibility work clothing on the job site reduces the risk of struck-by hazards from cranes, forklifts, and other onsite equipment. In addition, construction workers need increased visibility in the field while conducting roadside repairs in the early morning hours or at night. The prevalence of roadway incidents and accidents involving construction workers and vehicles should offer reason enough to encourage safety workers to wear proper construction safety apparel. Beyond the concern of increased visibility to help prevent these incidents, workers need to wear high visibility clothing to remain compliant with requirements by OHSA and ANSI 107.
High visibility construction safety clothing should always be worn near on-site equipment as well as anywhere near pedestrian controlled vehicles. Weather, comfort and utility are all often barriers to proper hi-vis workwear being worn by construction workers doing any type of project.
National Safety Apparel offers a variety of hi-vis construction safety workwear options that can meet many of these issues and more that safety managers and workers can face. Keeping comfort and utility in mind, NSA offers both long sleeve and short sleeve hi-vis workwear to give construction workers options based on the time of year, location of the worksite, and layering preference.
Worksites that are away from roadways and vehicles have different ANSI 107 class standards for hi-vis workwear for both color and reflective material. ANSI 107 Class E cannot be worn alone but can be paired with other hi-vis clothing options that meet ANSI classes for compliance. Type O can be used for off-road, but Type R must be used for any roadway work. Type P is for public safety workers and first responders. Learn more about ANSI 107 classes and types in our blog.
Visibility for construction workers is always considered in tandem with safety compliance no matter the time of year, job, or location. Fluorescent yellow or orange long sleeve or short sleeve shirts, t-shirts and work shirts or vests are all smart options and should be selected appropriately depending on the type of job. Non-ANSI orange vests are also an option for surveying or non-roadway construction work.
While some types of construction, especially roadway work, is performed at night for traffic and temperature considerations, most construction work occurs during the summer when temperatures can rise to precarious levels. Beyond addressing visibility concerns as mentioned above, construction safety gear should also help combat high temperatures and decrease the potential for heat stress to be a major worksite hazard.
Alternatively, as the weather begins to turn colder workers can potentially see some cold rainfall, sleet, and snow. Cold stress is also a hazard that can affect construction workers on job sites which, if not avoided, could lead to additional risks such as decreased concentration and lack of focus.
What construction workers wear on the job site, from base layer to outerwear, makes all the difference in providing comfort, avoiding distraction, and preventing a number of hazards. Avoiding moisture build-up is important in general but also in relation to both heat and cold stress.
National Safety Apparel’s FR Control 2.0 answers the call for temperature regulation with hi-vis options in long and short sleeves. In addition to continuing to meet ANSI 107 class standards, the hi-vis FR Control 2.0 option also helps to regulate skin temperature +/- three degrees and provides moisture-wicking comfort. For colder weather, hi-vis outerwear is a useful option including hi-vis hoodies, bombers, jackets, and long-sleeve base layers that provide warmth and moisture-wicking comfort.
Since 1935, National Safety Apparel has manufactured all types of high visibility clothing, weatherproof workwear, and safety apparel for those working on construction sites from structures to roadways and more.
If you require specific construction safety clothing that does not currently exist or have a particular need or hazard to protect against, customization might be what you’re looking for. This quick and easy process starts with your NSA regional sales manager who will listen to your challenges and discuss your needs to find the ideal solution for you. Contact us today to be connected with your regional sales manager and you could have a sample in less than four weeks.