Care Tips For Safety Vests To Make The Last Long December 01 2017
To an ordinary person, high visibility cloths appear like a bother. However, workers in areas that experience traffic or with moving machinery will appreciate the role they play in keeping them safe. Safety vests come in such luminous colors as orange, yellow and lime green. It is a requirement that workers in areas where they are vulnerable should always have the vests on. They are especially important in areas where machine operators or drivers might have visibility challenges or have a short reaction time.
Putting on the vests is one thing while the vest serving its purpose is another. They can only serve the intended purpose when they are properly maintained. Here are care tips that will ensure that these vests serve their purpose.
- Make sure they fit- a vest that is too tight will be uncomfortable. If the vest is too loose, it will distract you from work. In fact, the vest might get caught in moving machines, leading to more danger. Instead of offering safety, the vests become a hazard to you. When the vests are fitted correctly, they are safer to use and also comfortable to the wearer.
- Follow care label instructions- professionally prepared vests have care labels with instructions on maintenance and how to handle the vests. The instructions include how many times it should be washed and the procedure to follow. Remember that your vest must maintain its visibility properties. Failure to maintain the required standards will make the vest unsafe for use.
- Right vest for the job- all vests are not manufactured equally. Some are for enhancing visibility over a distance while others are for use in dim light. There are safety vests that can catch fire if used near sparks while others cannot handle the heat. In fact, the label with instructions will indicate the areas you can use a particular vest. Follow the instructions to ensure safety. Engage a safety consultant to get the right vest for the job at hand.
- Know when to get another one- though the vests are used for light duties, they also wear out. Know when to let the vest go and buy another one. The vests are likely to be damaged by washing, exposure to the sun, or even ordinary wear and tear. Be ready and willing to replace the vest. Allowing the vest to still be used despite wearing out exposes the user to danger. Faded, torn and even inappropriately sized vests should be replaced immediately.
The industry has not provided vests for women yet. There nature of these vests is that they are unisex and can thus be worn by both genders. What a female worker needs to do is get a vest that fits. There is a variety of choices available for women. Choose one that is appropriate for your work.
Safety vests must form a constant part of your work place dressing. Purchase the right material and size to guarantee the safety of wearers. When the vest has served its time, be ready to let go and acquire a new one that is safe for use.