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High Visibility Clothing

27 May 2015

PPE at Work Regulations 1992 require many factors to be taken into account to make sure the correct clothing is chosen for the correct job.

1. Is it suitable for the risk?

Some jobs only require a Hi Vis vest, but workers who are at higher risk eg from moving vehicles may require full body Hi Vis clothing.

2. Is it suitable for the job?

Loose fitting Hi Vis may not be suitable for certain factory or warehouse jobs which has moving machinery, due to fear of getting caught in moving parts. Also Hi Vis coats may be too warm in summer months, which could be replaced by Hi Vis vests or overalls – Check that PPE is always suitable in environments with changing conditions.

3. Is it suitable for the wearer?

Hi Vis should always fit and be comfortable for the wearer, causing minimum restriction of movement for the wearer.

4. Is it compatible with other forms of PPE?

If two or more types of PPE are required they should both be compatible and not interfere with the purpose of each item. For example wet weather clothing should also have the correct level of conspicuity, where need, or at least be capable of being worn with a Hi Vis garment.

Employers must:

1. Provide any Hi Vis garment free of charge that is need for the job.
2. Ensure all Hi Vis clothing is clean and suitable for the job in hand before being given to the employee
3. Provide a safe dry place of storage for clothing when not in use.
4. Provide sufficient information, instructions and training, where necessary, to use the Hi Vis correctly.
5. Supervise employees to make sure the clothing is worn in the appropriate areas and correctly.

Employees must

1. Wear Hi Vis clothing provide as instructed by there employer in thee appropriate areas
2. look after  clothing provided
3. report any defects or damages to employer
4. use storage facilities provided

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