Tuesday, August 13, 2013


There's no doubt about it, FR Clothing saves lives and prevents injuries by protecting workers from heat and flames.  FR Clothing also helps to protect from arc flash exposure.  An arc flash is a very brief, but intense, arc of electricity usually at a very high voltage. An arc flash usually occurs in an industrial setting, usually near an electrical enclusure.  

MySafetyWear.com carries a great selection of Flame Resistant Clothing and Arc Flash Clothing,- including hoodies, T-shirts, coveralls and aprons.  Additionally, high visiblility (Hi Vis) Flame Resistant Clothing is also available.

Thursday, August 8, 2013


Reflective Safety Vests are worn in a large number of workers in many different industries. From construction workers to truck drivers to toll takers and landscapers, many workers find the need to increase their visibility and safety by wearing a reflective safety vest or some other type of reflective clothing.  Hi vis vests are generally rated as either a Class 2 vest or a Class 3 vest, depending on the amount of reflective material.  Most vests come in either orange or yellow, but the color does not affect its class rating.

Safety vests also come in different styles.  For the warm summer months, workers usually find it more comfortable to wear a light weight mesh vest rather than one made of solid fabric.  Also, in the warm weather a reflective T-shirt is a good option.  Also, Hi Vis rain jackets and Hi Vis Rain Pants are available to increase worker safety when rain reduces driver visibility.  Reflective safety clothing is a good way to increase safety no matter what the weather. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Reflective Safety Vests Worn By Workers On Many Jobs

In recent years we've all become familiar with the bright, reflective yellow or orange clothing worn by road construction workers. The reflective safety vests, jackets and other reflective clothing worn by these workers helps prevent injuries and saves lives by increasing their visibility. However, in addition to road construction workers, workers in many other jobs also wear hi vis vestshi vis T-shirts and other reflective clothing to increase their safety on the job. 

Reflective Safety
On a recent road trip, lasting about an hour, the following workers, wearing reflective clothing were observed: truck drivers, sanitation workers, surveyors, landscapers, tree trimmers, rescue workers, utility workers,.. and the list goes on. Reflective safety clothing increases worker visibility to moving traffic and thus increases their level of safety. 
Reflective Safety

It's estimated that approximately 50% of all workers killed on the job, are killed by being struck by a passing motorist or a piece of moving construction equipment. Anyone who works in close proximity to moving traffic or equipment faces the same risk of injury or even death, faced by road construction workers. And the risk increases during rainy weather or darkness. To increase safety in rainy conditions, workers should wear high visibility rain gear

Friday, September 16, 2011

Hi Visibility Clothing

Hi Visibility Clothing

Fall and winter are on the way, and with that comes shorter hours of day light. Workers should keep in mind the shorter daylight hours and make themselves more visible to traffic by wearing hi visibility clothing

Hi vis clothing can be as simple as wearing a safety vest.  However, if the weather is cold or rainy you might want to wear something like a high visibility jacket or hi vis rain gear.  The important thing is to remember to be safe by increasing your visibility,- especially in the dark or rain. Also, keep in mind that wearing a pair of hi vis safety pants is an easy way to achieve Class 3 for your safety clothing. Simply by wearing a pair of Class E hi vis safety pants along with  a Class 2 or Class 3 vest, jacket or shirt, that you actually achieve a Class 3 rating for the intire outfit.  Be seen and be safe.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Be Seen and Be Safe

Wearing a Reflective Safety or Reflective Rain Gear Make Safety Sense
Be seen and be safe.  Everyone who works near moving traffic knows how important it is to be seen.  Construction workers, flaggers, equipment operators, etc., are all at risk of blending into their backgrounds and not being seen by motorists.  Wearing a high visibility safety vest or other reflective clothing is one of the best ways to increase worker visibility and can literally save your life.  The sooner a worker is seen, the more time the motorist has to avoid the accident. 
In an effort to reduce the number of accidents, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has established standards, ANSI/ISEA 107-2010, for high visibility vests and other high visibility clothing.  The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has ruled that all workers who are within the public right of way of a Federal Aid highway must wear ANSI 207-2010 Class 2 or Class 3 clothing. 
Such high visibility clothing is available in many forms, the most common being the reflective safety vest, also sometimes known as a traffic vest or construction vest.  

Additionally, in the reduced visibility of rain or fog, reflective clothing is even more crucial.  If you’re working in bad weather, reflective rain gear should be worn to increase your visibility.  ANSI approved rain jackets have a weatherproof outer shell to repel water, and a breathable inner layer to keep you dry and comfortable.  Along with the rain jacket you can wear reflective rain pants that usually have pockets.
An ANSI Class 2 or Class 3 reflective safety vest or reflective raingear will help you to be seen and be safe.  

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Public Service Safety Vests - ANSI 207-2006

Public service safety vests, also known as ANSI 207-2006 vests, are high visibility vests, intended for law enforcement, fire and emergency responders.  The vests are designed to meet the visibility standards of ANSI 207-2006.  Typically worn by police, fire fighters and emergency medical services (EMS) personell, ANSI 207-2006 vests are designed to protect first responders from roadside traffic, by making them more visible even in inclement weather or at night. 

In addition to the added visiblility, a public service safety vest has the added feature of being a "breakaway" vest, meaning that the front, back and sides of the vest are attached with velcro, making it easy to tear off should the vest get caught on an object. Public service vests are also shorter in length than a regular safety vest, and have cut-out sides for police weapons or EMS equipment.  

A great selection of public safety vests, as well as other ANSI reflective vests can be found at http://www.mysafetywear.com/.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Preventing Worker Injury and Deaths from Traffic Accidents

The statistics are starting. It is estimated that, nationally,  over 1000 highway workers lose their lives annually as a result of work zone accidents caused by negligent drivers. Construction flagmen, crossing guards in school zones and at the beach, and emergency responders — who stand near or in traffic to protect others and build our roads - are at constant risk of death or injury.  

Workers who work near moving traffic are at high risk of injury and death from traffic related motor vehicle accidents. 

One way to reduce the risk of death or injury is for workers to be more visible to oncoming traffic by wearing a reflective safety vest or other high visibility clothing.   High visibility clothing includes reflective T-shirts, sweatshirts and winter coats and raincoats, as well as safety vests.  Safety vests can be worn all year round, and are available as an "expandable vest,"  that can be worn over top of a coat, for example, and then adjusted to a smaller size when needed.