The Basics on Safety Rain Gear
If you work in an industry that doesn't stop just because it's raining, you need to invest in safety rain gear The following is a list of common rain gear and its features.
Simple and easy-to-use, ponchos are a one-size-fits all, inexpensive solution. Ponchos come in a variety of colors, and have the advantage of being easy to store and taking up very little space. Ponchos are perfect for short term use and are best in warmer rather than colder conditions.
A rain suit consists of bib overalls and a jacket. Made of PVC with reinforced polyester net backing, heavy-weight rain suits are versatile with features such as a detachable drawstring hood, take-up snaps at the wrists and ankles, storm-fly front closure with non-conductive snaps, adjustable fit overalls and ventilation in the jacket. The rain suit provides complete waterproof coverage at an affordable price.
There are several different types of rain jackets that are sold separately from the pants and are a higher-end product. While these rain jackets cost significantly more than a simple rain suit, the jacket provides many more safety and comfort features such as high-visibility accents and a vented back cape. ANSI class III jackets adhere to specific safety standards and may include additional features such as mic tabs at the shoulders and adjustable cuff wrists.
Rain pants may be either bib overalls or regular pants. Rain pants on their own can have an ANSI class E rating, meaning they adhere to certain visibility standards. However, they can only achieve a class III rating when combined with class III jackets. Rain pants can be light weight or general purpose in addition to being high-visibility. Whatever job you happen to be doing in the rain, make sure to choose the appropriate rain gear for the situation.