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Staying Visible for Worker Safety


February 12, 2022

Staying visible while working outside is critical for worker safety. Whether you’re working in construction, road work, out on the farm or whatever your job may be, Wilco is your destination to find top-performance workwear to keep you focused and help you get the job done safely. Stay safe and seen with a large selection of high visibility gear. Read more in our latest blog post.

High Visibility Workwear Safety

Staying Visible for Worker Safety

You can find a variety of enhanced visibility and ANSI options from brands such as KEY, Carhartt, Viking and Wrangler RIGGS. High visibility is critical for keeping workers safe on the job – especially employees who work around moving vehicles and equipment. If you need ANSI high visibility safety gear, make sure to connect with your employer to confirm exactly what you need before you buy. You should always verify safety requirements with your employer since it may vary with each company.
The classification and rating of hi-vis garments is noted on the clothing label, and manufacturers often include additional information on the hangtag that is attached to the item.

You should always verify safety requirements with your employers, since hi-vis standards may be different between companies.

 

Each performance class has specific minimum design requirements regarding the background materials, retroreflective/combined performance materials and width of reflective materials used in the garments.

Performance Class of Hi-Visibility Clothing:

These are the designated Performance Classes of high-visibility clothing.

 

EXAMPLE PERFORMANCE CLASS NOTES

Key Class 2 High-Visibility Safety Vest

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Class 2: Minimum of 775 square inches of background fabric. Class 2 is generally considered the minimum level for workers exposed to traffic. Employers may designate what Class of high-visibility garments are required for their staff.

Viking T Vest Class 3 U6155

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Class 3: Minimum of 1240 square inches of background fabric. A garment or vest without sleeves worn alone is NOT considered Class 3 protection.

Carhartt Men's High Visibility Class E Waterproof Pant, 103208232

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Class E: Supplemental Class E is comprised of high-visibility garments such as pants and bib overalls. These items do not qualify as meeting the requirements of the standard when worn alone, but when a Class E item is worn with a Performance Class 2 or 3 garment the overall classification of the ensemble is Performance Class 3. Must be combined with other Class 2 or Class 3 garments to meet standards.

 

A Few of Our Recommended Products

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Hi-Vis ANSI Gear from Carhartt

For work gear that you can count on for comfort and breathability, check out Hi-vis options from Carhartt.

Carhartt Men's High Visibility Class E Waterproof Pant, 103208232

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Men’s Carhartt High-Visibility Zip-front Class 3 Hooded Sweatshirt, 100503

Carhartt Men's High-Visibility Zip-Front Class 3 Sweatshirt, 100503

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This men’s high-visibility sweatshirt helps you stay seen, warm, and comfortable on the job. It’s made of heavyweight polyester, with handwarmer pockets on the front. The 3M™ Scotchlite™ reflective trim is segmented for breathability. Choose from Brite Lime or Brite Orange.

Men’s Carhartt Force High-Visibility Long Sleeve Class 3 T-Shirt, 100496

Carhartt Force High-Visibility Long-Sleeve Class 3 T-Shirt, 100496

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This men’s long-sleeve t-shirt is designed for road crews, emergency responders, or anyone else who demands high visibility on the job. The shirt is made of 3M™ Scotchlite™ reflective material with reflective trim and is ANSI Class 3, Level 2 compliant. The lightweight fabric also wicks sweat and repels stains. The reflective tape trim #5510 maintains performance through 75 home launderings. Also available in Brite Lime or Brite Orange.

See more High-Vis offerings from Carhartt

High Visibility Workwear Shirts for Warmer Weather

For visibility options in warmer weather, you may just need a simple shirt to get by. Take a look at for Key Workwear for tee shirts that are comfortable, breathable and have high visibility ratings. We also have color-enhanced and ANSI options available from Carhartt that come in short sleeve and long-sleeve options.

Key Men's Hi-Visibility Pocket T-Shirt, 828.39

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Moisture Wicking High-Visibility Shirts from Ariat

Ariat’s Rebar™ Heat Fighter T-shirts are made of lightweight mesh with moisture-wicking and an odor-resistant finish to keep you cool and comfortable all work long. A Ribbed collar provides great structure and resists slouching; ribbed cuffs stay put when pulled up. An all-around easy tee to work in any time. Especially great for outdoor jobs when you’re working up a sweat and need to be seen.



Ariat Men's Heat Fighter T-Shirt, 10031037

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