The Useful Life of High Visibility Garments
High visibility safety apparel is only as good as its ability to protect workers. That means garments like these can’t be judged on looks alone. Do you know what to look for when inspecting your high-visibility garments?
Determining the useful life of a high visibility garment is complicated. When examining your high visibility gear you must take into account how often it is worn, how dirty it gets, how much damage it has endured, as well as its ability to help workers stand out from complex backgrounds. We use well-regarded ANSI 107 standards to make determinations on the useful life of high visibility workwear, but knowing when it’s time to replace a garment isn’t always so cut and dry. Our Garment Inspection Card from ML Kishigo is one tool that can help safety managers, compliance officers and field workers identify when a garment needs to be replaced.
Pro Tip: According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), garments that are worn daily have a typical life expectancy of about 6 months.