Construction Safety Clothing
Construction workers have tough jobs both indoors and outdoors in every type of weather, so construction safety workwear has to be just as tough. Visibility is key no matter the construction site, job or time of year. National Safety Apparel manufactures all types of high visibility clothing for spring, summer, fall and any type of weather and construction site.
Even on job sites where workers face hazards that involve the need for protection against burn injuries, flame resistant hi-vis apparel is an accessible option from base layers to outerwear that can make the difference between minor injuries to a potential fatality.
If you are looking for specific construction safety clothing or have a specific need or hazard to protect against but don’t see it here on our site, get in touch with our customer service team to talk about custom options or more information about our construction safety apparel and more. National Safety Apparel has manufactured weatherproof workwear and safety apparel for people who have worked on structures and roadways every day since 1935.
Roadway & Struck-by Hazards
The use of cranes, forklifts and other onsite equipment on job sites can put construction workers at risk for struck-by hazards that can be prevented by the use of high-visibility work clothing. In addition to on-site work equipment construction workers are also repairing roadways in the early hours of the morning and at night. Roadway incidents and accidents involving construction workers and vehicles are too common for safety workers to not wear the proper construction safety apparel. In addition to high visibility clothing being needed by workers to help prevent these incidents, they also need to be worn in order to be 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 has options that can meet any issue safety managers and workers have when attempting to don hi-vis construction safety workwear.
Long sleeve and short sleeve hi-vis workwear gives construction workers options for comfort and utility based on the time of year and location of the worksite.
Worksites that aren’t near 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 is still important for construction workers 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 good options 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 scheduled at night for traffic and temperature purposes, most construction work occurs during the summer where temperatures can be hot under the sun. Night-time and roadway construction work and hi-vis workwear were addressed above, but construction safety gear should also help combat high temperatures and the potential for heat stress to be a major worksite hazard.
Hi-vis clothing options need to be available to construction workers to protect against struck by and heat stress hazards.
Certain types of construction jobs or sites have work to complete as the weather begins to turn colder and potentially see some cold rainfall and even snow. Cold stress is also a hazard that can affect construction workers on job sites that leads to other hazards becoming more prevalent due to its effects on concentration and focus.
What construction workers wear on the job site right down to the base layers makes the difference in preventing a number of hazards. National Safety Apparel’s FR Control 2.0 includes 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.
Moisture build-up can lead to issues with both heat and cold stress as well as general discomfort wearing construction safety clothing, which leads to distractions as well.
For colder weather, hi-vis outerwear is a good option including hi-vis hoodies, bombers, jackets and long-sleeve base layers that provide warmth and moisture wicking comfort.