National Work Zone Awareness Week isn't scheduled until the middle of April, but it's a big deal when it comes to the safety of roadside highway workers. There are many aspects to keeping construction and highway workers safe, and awareness by drivers, commercial and commuter, is a big factor. In fact, keeping these employees aware of the necessity to wear their hi-visibility safety gear including hi-viz safety vests and other apparel will save lives and deter accidents. Even accidents like accidental backing over by trucks in the work area and accidental pinning between trucks and traliers.
There are many materials available for the upcoming National Work Zone Awareness Week, and organizers announced it now has a theme for the event as well as promotional materials available upon request.
This year's theme for the annual event is "Roadway Work Zone Safety: We're All in This Together." That theme was chosen specifically to show that safety in roadway work zones depends on everyone who uses those roads, including motorists, emergency responders, law enforcement, bicyclists, and pedestrians in addition to roadway workers. In order to keep everyone safe in these areas, all users must work together in practicing safe behaviors.
National Work Zone Safety Week was first held in 1999 as a partnership between the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the Federal Highway Administration, and the American Traffic and Safety Services Association. The event now boasts participation from several organizations and state transportation departments across the country. The goal is to bring awareness to the dangers of roadway work zones and educate the public on how to keep themselves and others safe in those zones.
Posters for this year's event are now available through the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse or by contacting ATSSA's Kim Coghill at Kim.Coghill AT atssa.com. It can also be accessed here.
The event is scheduled for the week of April 15-19, with a kick off ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, April 16.
High visibility safety vest in ML Kishigo's Black series couples styling with maximum visibility and safety. The black accent panels increase your level of contrast, style, and the cleanliness of the vest, keeping you looking cool, staying protected, and the vest looking bright and clean.
Made with hi-vis Ultra-Cool 100% polyester mesh background fabric, on top of which are 2-inch wide silver reflective stripes and 3-inch wide contrasting color, to make you stand out in any kind of lighting conditions you might find yourself in. The reflective trimming around the arms and down the sides also increase your visibility drastically.
The vest features mic tabs on chest, 2-tier pencil pocket, radio/utility chest pocket, inside patch pockets, outside cargo pockets with adjustable flaps, and reinforced webbing for extra strength. Available in Lime or Orange; ANSI Class 2 compliant.
- Maximum visibility with sporty style
- Black Series includes black accent panels for increased contrast, style, and vest cleanliness
- Hi-vis Ultra-Cool 100% polyester mesh background material
- 2-inch wide silver reflective tape on top of 3-inch wide contrasting color
- Reflective trimming around arms and down sides for increased low-light visibility
- Zipper front closure
- Mic tabs on chest, 2-tier pencil pocket, radio/utility chest pocket, inside patch pockets, outside cargo pockets, reinforced webbing for extra strength
- Available in Lime or Orange
- ANSI Class 2 compliant