5 Reasons You Should Wear Flame Resistant and High Visibility Apparel
Flame-resistant and hi-vis apparel is a job requirement in some industries, but there are plenty of good reasons why you would want to wear this type of safety clothing on the job whether it is required or not.
Here are our top five reasons why you should wear flame-resistant and hi-visibility apparel:
1. High visibility apparel helps you to be seen
Even if you don’t work in construction or in proximity to electrical or open flame hazards, some job site perils are not immediately evident. However, if you work outdoors, being seen is always a good thing. High visibility clothing helps you to be seen by passing motorists, large machinery operators and if you are working in forestry, by hunters who might otherwise mistake you for an animal. In any case, high-visibility clothing can keep you safe, helping you avoid a potentially disastrous collision or other accident.
2. Flame resistant clothing protects your life and your livelihood
If you are burned on the job and you are not wearing flame-resistant apparel, you run the risk of a serious injury from severe burns from open flame or arc flash. A burn injury can be made worse by spontaneous ignition of certain fabrics, as they will continue to burn and bond to the skin. Flame-resistant clothing extinguishes itself, it does not melt to the skin, provides insulation from high heat environments, and increases your chance of survival.
3. Flame-resistant and high-vis clothing are required in some industries
Depending on your job, you may be legally required to wear the appropriate protective and safety apparel. Your employer is responsible for ensuring that you are properly outfitted for the job you are doing. If you are unsure about the need for protective apparel in your current job, check current OHSA guidelines to make sure your job site is in compliance. Wearing the proper safety gear will not only protect you, it will help protect your job and your livelihood.
4. Wearing the proper safety apparel keeps product and services costs low
Lack of proper safety gear such as high-vis clothing or flame-resistant clothing can result in serious injury to employees, which has a domino effect right down to the consumer level. The more workplace injuries, the higher the ultimate cost of the job. Job site and employer insurance may also rise, the cost of which will be passed on to the end consumer. Staying safe keeps our goods and services priced reasonably.
5. Wearing proper safety apparel is the right thing to do
Endangering your own life or that of others in the workplace is simply wrong. We all have a right to a full, healthy, productive life, and that is supported by personal job site safety. If you love your life, your family, your parents, your spouse, your kids, and your friends, you owe it to yourself to wear the proper safety gear. High-visibility and flame-resistant apparel is always a good idea on the job and will support your ability to work and your quality of life well into the future.
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