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12/1/2014 White Paper: Color Measurement and Control High Visibility Safety Apparel

High-visibility safety apparel (HVSA) or high-visibility clothing (HVC) is a type of clothing or personal protective equipment. The type of clothing varies from vests, bibs to overalls that are worn, which has highly reflective properties or a color that is easily discernible from any background.

HVSA is worn by workers, safety personnel or law enforcers to improve how well other people see them (their visibility). Often, HVSA is worn to alert drivers or vehicle operators of a person’s presence via high reflective material of the HVSA, especially in low light and dark conditions. HV headwear can also be worn to increase the visibility of a person in situations where parts or all of the person’s body is obscured by obstacles like trees, barriers, construction materials or etc.

HVSA is needed if you are working in low lighting and poor visibility environment. It is a must if you are working around moving vehicles like cars, trucks or other machinery (e.g. forklifts, backhoes and etc.). HVSA allows a person to be seen by the operators of machineries more visibly and this increases work safety.

The human eye responds best to large, contrasting, bright or moving objects and visibility is enhanced by high color contrast between clothing and the work environment against which it is seen.

To download this white paper, click here.

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