The safety of employees working at airports as part of ground crews and in the road construction industry are partly addressed by work uniform visibility requirements established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the US Highway Administration, including standards like ANSI/ISEA 107 for”high-visibility” clothes and required wearers to prevent injuries that may cause serious injury.
But what about other somewhat hazardous sectors that don’t fall under these high visibility regulations, such as non-road building, production, warehousing and distribution, automotive, transportation, and package delivery?
Employees in these and other industries that operate near moving equipment or vehicles, who work at night or work under weather conditions making them harder to see, can also be protected by”enhanced visibility” work uniforms.
The option of enhanced visibility work uniform leasing programs can further protect your at-risk workers than purchasing them in some conditions, and be cheaper in the long run.
What’s the Difference Between High & Enhanced Visibility?
As previously mentioned, the demands of high visibility jackets and other apparel items are covered by ANSI standards and include using one of three colours for fluorescent background material behind the reflective fabric: red, orange-red and yellow-green. Therefore, if you see these colors on a reflective work uniform, you know it’s high-visibility.
Enhanced visibility uniforms do not have to meet ANSI standards, but they do stand out with reflective striping in vivid colors across the sleeves, across the front and back of shirts, and around pant legs.
Some employers purchase enhanced visibility safety vests for their employees, but often quickly have problems ensuring that they’re worn at all times, remain clean and are not lost – all of which defeats the original intent.
Because it’s what they wear to work rather than something to wear over their street clothes, workers wearing enhanced visibility uniforms can’t just take them off whenever they feel like it. Rental services also ensure that workers always have clean uniforms for each day of the week.
Rental vs. Workplace Injury Prices
While it’s tough to estimate, the avoidance of a single injury is likely worth the additional cost – surely, lower workers compensation costs, insurance premiums and preventing OSHA fines is also appealing.
According to OSHA,”One widely-cited source concerning estimates of the size of the costs is that the Liberty Mutual Research Institute, which reports the direct cost of their most disabling workplace injuries in 2008 to be $53 billion (Liberty Mutual Research Institute, 2010).
NASI further reports the total costs paid by employers for workers’ compensation increased from $60 billion in 2000 to $74 billion in 2009.”