How Safety Uniforms Can Improve Workplace Safety Beyond High-Visibility

safety uniformsWearing safety uniforms in a construction site or in a work area with heavy equipment may seem like a no-brainer. No one wants to see their employees get hurt, after all. Injured employees also mean lost productivity for the business; injured workers were out for an average of four days in 2014.

However, safety uniforms including cotton safety shirts, high visibility fleece jackets, high visibility pants, and high visibility long sleeve shirts can do more for your workers than protect them from heavy operating equipment and vehicles on the work site.

Safety uniforms can also increase your brand’s recognition, make your employees feel great, and most importantly they can promote safety in the workplace. Here are four ways safety uniforms can improve the safety among your workers, not just for your workers:

  1. Visibility
    Visibility is incredibly important when it comes to safety appeal. This is because workplace vehicles and those operating heavy machinery may not be able to see their other workers on the ground. Therefore, safety apparel should be brightly colored and reflective depending on the work environment.
  2. Cleanliness
    Wearing a work uniform can make you feel important as a representation of your workplace. Therefore, workers who are in work apparel are more likely to wash their hands and keep the area clean. Safety work apparel, which is also worn on the regular, is also important to clean on a regular basis to keep up with the sweat and grime of the workplace.
  3. Protection against the work environment
    Safety apparel and uniforms are used for more than just visibility and keeping your employees clothed. They can also help to protect your employees from the dangers of the work environment. For instance, earplugs are a common accessory of safety apparel. This is because when a person hears noises over 85 decibels over a long period of time it can result in hearing loss.
  4. Identification
    When your employees wear safety apparel, they’re able to easily identify who’s another employee and who it is that may be trespassing or a visitor. This can also help security’s job become far easier.

Protecting your employees is your number one priority. However, it’s also necessary for your workers to understand the importance of their own safety. To increase the protection and cleanliness of your workplace, contact Transportation Safety Apparel today.

By the Numbers: Proven Ways To Reduce Construction Workplace Accidents

We depend on construction workers to build our roads, bridges, schools, and homes, yet this is the deadliest line of work in the country right now. The Occupational Health And Safety Administration (OSHA) reports that there were approximately 4,836 workplace deaths in 2015, and about one in five of those deaths occurred on a construction site. Even worse, fatal injuries are actually becoming more common in the construction industry.

Despite the leaps and bounds made recently to improve workplace safety, accidents still happen. And while new technology and safety equipment helps protect construction workers from harm, there are also new hazards on the modern job site.

Cell phones, lack of sleep, and incomplete training are just some of the dangers that put construction workers at risk today. Fortunately, there are also proven ways to reduce the risk of workplace accidents, injuries, and deaths. However, first it’s important to understand the most common construction site mistakes that lead to injury and death.

Keep reading to learn more about the most deadly hazards faced by construction workers, and simple steps for protecting the workers that so many of us depend on:

While understanding common causes of construction workplace injuries is important, so too is implementing strategies to prevent fatal accidents in the future.

Here are some more simple ways to improve the safety of any construction job site.

  • Make PPE (personal protective equipment) mandatory
    It may sound surprising, but about half of all workplace deaths from falls occur from altitudes of just 25 feet or lower. That’s because workers don’t exhibit full caution unless they’re working at higher altitudes. Similarly, 84% of workers with head injuries weren’t wearing one of the most essential pieces of safety equipment: a hard hat. Do your company and your workers a favor by making protection mandatory!
  • Limit distractions
    Although OSHA does not yet provide specific guidelines regarding cellphone use in construction sites, it’s a known fact that cellphones can be a major distraction when driving any vehicle. Studies have even shown that listening to one sentence through a cellphone can decrease driving-related brain activity by 37%, so it’s a good idea to restrict their use when operating machinery.
  • Optimize Training
    A recent study shows that more than two-thirds of construction worker deaths in New York were attributed to employers without state-approved training programs. If you want to optimize the training your workers receive, make sure the curriculum aligns with guidelines set by the state.
  • Ultimately, these are just a few ways to keep construction workers safer throughout day-to-day operations. If you want to reduce fatal construction accidents, then encourage employee feedback, communication, and always be there to provide support for your employees.

Safety Clothing for a Hot, Wet Summmer

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There is a popular saying: April showers bring May flowers. If we were judging only by this year, however, we would have no way of knowing how effective the April showers have been, for any flowers that might have grown were quickly drowned in the showers of May, June, and July. And from the looks of it, August looks to be a rainy month as well.

While a wet summer may be an inconvenience to most people, it is especially challenging for those who work in road construction and other labor intensive and outdoor jobs. You must constantly be negotiating between the heat, the rain, and the need for high visibility clothing such as reflective vests and high visibility pants.

In order to help you better weather the elements in safety and comfort, we’ve put together this guide to the ideal soaking summer wardrobe.

Steel Toe Boat Shoe
Finding the right footwear that maximizes your comfort and safety is important. With a steel toe boat shoe, you have the same great protection of other safety shoes but built in a way to allow for breathability, unlike rubber work boots.

Additionally, these shoes have a moisture-wicking lining made of nylon mesh that helps to keep your feet dry even during a torrential downpour.

High Visibility Rain Jacket
It can be hard on a scorcher of a day to put on a jacket rather than a reflective vest, but when the rain is coming down in sheets, you will be grateful for the gear. The best thing to do is find equipment that will satisfy both your need to stay cool and your need to stay dry.

Look for a jacket that is made from a lighter material and that incorporates features that facilitate breathability: by-swing back and underarm grommet holes are handy for this purpose.

A Visored Hat
New employees are significantly more likely to be hurt on the job than more experienced workers. According to Institute for Work and Health in Canada, in the first month of employment, you are over three times as likely to receive a lost-time injury. The reason for that is because more experienced employees know what to look out for.

Of course, you won’t be able to see any impending danger with rain in your eyes. That is why you need to have a hat with a visor that can stand up against the weather and keep rain from interfering with your vision.

Rain and heat are an unwelcome duo. While reflective vests are essential, there are a number of additional clothing items that can help to keep you cool and dry. Hopefully, this guide has made you aware of what safety clothing will best arm you from this unusual combination.