CONSPICUITY AND DURABILITY OF SAFETY CLOTHING

Pedestrian roadworkers are regularly exposed to potentially hazardous situations in the course of their employment. Their safety in these situations often relies on their conspicuity to road users. Safety garments are now available in a variety of colours. This project also investigated whether certain colours might offer high conspicuity. A range of safety garments was obtained. These included the standard red-orange colour, together with red, orange, fluorescent yellow and fluorescent green. Sufficient garments were obtained to issue to a maintenance gang for a six-month period (during summer). The garments were washed every week and tested for fading and colour change after five and twelve weeks. The most conspicuous garments for observers with normal colour perception were the yellow, yellow-green and green open weave vests. The red-orange close weave jacket was slightly less conspicuous. The yellow-green open weave vest and the close weave red-orange jacket offer the best combination of conspicuity and resistance to fading. With a normal washing regime, the yellow-green open weave vest and the close weave red-orange jacket, should have a life expectancy of at least six months. Bitumen workers and others who are likely to get their safety garments badly stained would need to replace them more often. Green garments have minimal conspicuity in some circumstances and should not be issued for general use. (a)

  • Corporate Authors:

    SOUTH AUSTRALIA. ROAD TRANSPORT AGENCY. MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

    BRIDGE ROAD
    WALKLEY HEIGHTS, SOUTH AUSTRALIA  Australia  5098
  • Publication Date: 1996-1

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 14 p.
  • Serial:
    • MTRD Report
    • Issue Number: 63
    • Publisher: TRANSPORT SA. MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY SECTION

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00729038
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB Group Ltd.
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 12 1996 12:00AM