19 August 2016

The importance of HIS-VIS

A worker must wear high visibility equipment (Hi-Vis) when working in conditions of low or poor visibility, especially near moving vehicles (car, truck, forklift). The Hi-Vis allows to be seen by drivers of these vehicles sooner and faster. The human eye perceives better contrasting or bright objects, which is why NORISKE adapts to environments by creating PPE that meet the CSA Z96-15 norm and increase the visibility of workers to minimize accident’s risks.

When to wear a Hi-Vis?

It is recommended to make an assessment of each workplace in order to identify existing or potential hazards risks to which workers can be exposed when performing their tasks. This assessment helps to identify the risks of workers being struck by moving vehicles and the environmental conditions in which the work is performed.

Here are some points to consider when conducting a risk assessment in a situation where a Hi-Vis must be worn:

  • The type and nature of work performed;
  • The possibility that workers are exposed to heat and / or flame (if that is the case, wearing a flame resistant Hi-Vis is required);
  • The working conditions, including the temperature, the work rate, the visibility, the intensity and the flow of traffic;
  • The environment of the workplace and the background in which workers must be seen;
  • The lighting conditions and the impact of weather conditions on the ambient light;
  • The tasks to be “visually” identifiable by other workers at the workplace.