High visibility is a central feature of safety vests. Among the reasons are the following:
Safety. High-visibility safety vests are often the first, and sometimes the only thing keeping an employee visible in working conditions with less than optimal lighting. For example, drivers and equipment operators may not always have the time or opportunity to stop and check for other employees in the area. The high-visibility vest allows them to remain aware of personnel that may be in danger of being hit by vehicles or work equipment. As such, they are able to avoid the other workers, preventing accidents and potentially saving lives.
Identification. Safety vests help distinguish unauthorized individuals within a particular workplace.
With the right safety vests, employees (and employers as well) are better protected against a number of hazards.
For example, pedestrians taking a short cut through a construction site can easily be identified and asked to leave for safety and security reasons. In the event of an emergency, safety vests make it easier for workers to be located as quickly as possible.
Directional Guidance. Sometimes, employees such as delivery truck drivers and construction crew workers are sent to work sites in areas they are unfamiliar with. This makes it difficult to locate the exact position of the work site, particularly if the site is an excavation they need to find early in the morning. High-visibility safety vests not only indicates where the construction site is, it can also provide a guide to the safest and shortest way to access the site.
Market Presence. High-visibility vests can come with logos printed on the back. These vests help individual crew members distinguish themselves from employees of other companies. In addition, these can help increase the public awareness of the company as well as their presence in the market.