JET Uniform and Supply

Uniforms, Workwear, and Cleaning Supplies

For the Toughest Jobs on Earth.TM

Latest News


News Archive

View All News

Industrial Uniforms and the Importance of Visibility

Uniforms Edmonton Safety

Wearing the appropriate industrial uniforms, including high-visibility vests, on the jobsite is essential to personal safety.

Wearing visible industrial uniforms on the jobsite can mean the difference between life and death or serious injury. This is particularly true of industrial, commercial and construction zones where workers are required to perform duties in amongst heavy machinery, moving vehicles and distracted coworkers.

These can be busy places during peak productivity, and if your high-visibility vest allows a vehicle operator to detect you quicker than he would otherwise, allowing him to stop and avoid an accident, then that safety apparel has done its job.

Varying light and weather conditions can affect vision, but it’s important to be visible at all times on the worksite to avoid injuries and accidents. Different job descriptions require different levels of high-visibility safety apparel (HVSA), which can include:

  • Vests
  • Bibs
  • Coveralls
  • Headwear

For more on how headwear safety, read Personal Protective Equipment – Hard Hats Save Lives.

In many Canadian workplaces, industrial uniforms with high-visibility features such as bright neon colours and reflective strips aren’t just practical, they’re a legal requirement.

According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), the human eye responds best to large, contrasting, bright or moving objects. Worker visibility is enhanced by high colour contrast between clothing and the work environment against which it is seen.


Safety Vests Save Lives

One of the easiest and most cost-effective means of increasing worker visibility on the jobsite is with high-visibility safety vests. Falling under the category of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) these vests are easily worn over existing uniforms to provide enhanced visibility. They usually feature strips of reflective tape that reflect the light from headlights of moving vehicles, and they’re ideal in many situations, including:

  • Night roadwork crews
  • Traffic controllers
  • Mining operations
  • Maintenance crews
  • Warehouse personnel
  • Oil and gas workers


Different Jobs Require Different Visibility

There are different classes of safety vests it’s important to know their application so you can comply with CCOHS regulations.


Class I

These vests provide the minimal amount of bright and reflective material and are meant for workers who have the undivided attention of vehicle operators around them. People wearing these vests will usually be around slow moving vehicles (less than 40km/h) or are separated from vehicles by a physical barrier. Typical job descriptions include:

  • Warehouse employees
  • Parking attendants
  • Shopping cart retrievers
  • Shipping and receiving workers
  • Sidewalk maintenance workers


Class II

Designed for people who need greater visibility in areas of high traffic, dangerous weather conditions and complex backgrounds. This can include:

  • Construction
  • Law enforcement
  • Emergency response
  • Utility workers


Class III

These vests provide the highest level of visibility and are particularly effective in low-light conditions, even at great distances. They’re required for workers on federal road right-of-ways when there’s traffic or construction, and when traffic speeds are in excess of 80 km/h. People who wear these vests include:

  • Utility crews
  • Survey crews
  • Airport baggage handlers
  • Flaggers in night operations or heavy traffic


Are your employees outfitted with the best industrial uniforms? JET Uniform & Supply features a full line of workwear, including coveralls, pants, shirts, jackets, vests, boots and gloves to meet your needs.