Choose the Correct Reflective Vest for You!

Many situations present life-threatening hazards that can be reduced with the use of a reflective vest. Playing or working near a roadway presents the risk of being hit by an automobile. Whether you are welding or not, working near a welder presents the risk of burns. Anyone that is spending time near dangerous equipment, whether they are directly using it or not, needs to take safety precautions. The most important precaution is ensuring that others know your location.


Choosing the Correct Reflective Vest

All the safety vests offered by are constructed with the wearer in mind. Comfort is critical for anyone wearing vests. If a piece of safety apparel is not comfortable, the wearer is likely to remove it more often and increase their risk of injury. At best, an uncomfortable vest makes an otherwise pleasant activity unpleasant, or it makes the workday drag on longer.


Several types of reflective vest are available for different needs. Non-rated vests are the low-cost option for residential, light commercial, light industrial, and hunting purposes. Warehouse workers, for instance, will benefit from the increased visibility when working around forklifts. Cart retrievers at grocery stores will benefit from higher visibility in parking lots. Though unrated, these vests are inexpensive, reflective, and many models include flap-covered pockets. The light mesh construction makes them a good choice for any weather.


At the other end of the spectrum, the class III reflective vest is rated for the highest visibility and worn almost exclusively by roadway and railway workers, emergency responders, surveyors, and traffic accident investigators. These 100 percent polyester vests stay ultra-cool in the hottest weather.


Customization Options

Each reflective vest can be customized in a couple of ways. Screen printing places a corporate logo or title directly on the fabric. Laminate inserts allow wearers to change their title without giving up the vest. Some situations, such as highly organized emergency response, can make use of both.

Safety vests serve two functions on the work site. They increase visibility of the workers, which reduces the risk of injury, and they allow organizations to easily identify members and their roles.