Choosing the correct PPE and high visibility workwear for summer is equally as important as dressing your team for winter. Have you thought about the best hi vis clothing for summer? Many individuals who are wearing hi vis will be working outdoors and as the weather is getting warmer you need to ensure your team are dressed in the appropriate workwear for the next few months. Before you decide to swap your high visibility trousers for shorts and long sleeved polo shirts for short sleeved, please check your workplace health and safety policy. Ensuring your team are wearing the correct classification of high visibility clothing and in turn, appropriately protected from hazards must always take priority.
If your workers are required to wear hi vis that is compliant with EN 20471 Class 3, you can opt workwear made from breathable wicking fabrics instead of traditional polyester. These products have been created specifically for their advanced moisture management properties and will keep the wearer cool on even on the hottest of days.
High Visibility Polo Shirts
High visibility polo shirts and t-shirts are extremely popular in the summer months. The ladies Coolviz Ultra Short Sleeve Polo Shirt has been specifically designed for the female wearer. Made from lightweight, quick drying Coolviz Plus fabric and featuring mesh ventilated under-arms and side seams, this is the perfect choice for women working across several industries including Construction, Engineering, Rail (RIS-3279-TOM only) and Utilities.
Meanwhile, the Swimbridge EcoViz® High Visibility Long Sleeved Polo Shirt provides the wearer with both EN 20471 Class 3 protection and UV protection to UPF 40+ meeting EN 13758-2. This product is also benefits from sustainable features as it is made from EcoViz® PB Recycled Polyester/Bamboo 200gsm.
High Visibility Shorts
High visibility shorts are another great addition to your hi vis workwear range. They ensure compliance with EN 20471 and are made from 40+ UPF rated fabric to block 98% of UV rays. These Hi Vis Polycotton Combat Shorts are available in a two-tone style in a combination of hi vis yellow or orange with contrasting navy trims. They also have several the functional features that are usually found in combat trousers including multiple pockets for ample storage, twin stitched seams for added durability and elasticated waist for comfort and secure fit.
High Visibility Hats And Caps
Helmets and head protection must still be worn regardless of how warm it is, but did you know there are products that can be used with head protection to ensure you and your team stay cool and protected from the sun while working? This lightweight high visibility helmet sun cape from Centurion protects against UltraViolet UPF 50+ and blocks 98% of UV radiation. Meanwhile, this cooling helmet sweatband which has been designed to be attached to most hard hats and bump caps, helps to regulate body temperature in warm weather.
Safety glasses are an important element in your PPE range, but did you know you can also purchase safety sunglasses? Alongside eye protection from workplace hazards, they also protect the wearer’s eyes from sun glare and have a UV rating to reduce eye strain. The grey Montana Safety Glasses are a smoke tinted version of our best-selling safety glasses and have the following features:
- UV400 smoke tinted lens for reducing eye strain from glare
- TSR compliant anti-glare tint
- Comfortable soft-grip side arms
- BS EN166 1 F:2002 and EN172 5-3.1 compliant
Lightweight Safety Footwear
We’ve discussed high visibility polo shirts, shorts, helmet accessories and safety sunglasses but the final item to consider in both your high visibility and workwear summer range is lightweight safety footwear. Lightweight safety footwear will keep you and your team’s feet cool and protected in warmer weather. The Lightyear Utility Boot, the Rock Fall TeslaDRI ESD Vegan Safety Boot and the Lightyear Suede Safety Trainer are all popular lightweight safety footwear options and all feature a composite toe cap which significantly reduces the weight of the boot and foot fatigue.
Lightweight does not mean light on safety. Composite toe caps are becoming the standard in safety boots and are much more comfortable to wear whilst still meeting the requirements set out in EN 20345. Advancements in technology have seen an increased use of more breathable materials and fabrics that contain specialist antibacterial properties – elements that are fundamental to increasing comfort, reducing fatigue and maintaining good foot health. All of these features help to improve a worker’s wellbeing ensuring they remain productive and focused throughout the day, especially when working in warm weather in the summer months.
Remember ensuring you team are wearing the appropriate classification of high visibility clothing must take always priority. If you are uncertain about the appropriate hi vis workwear that your employees require, please consult your health and safety policy or speak to one of the technical experts at Clad Safety. If you would like to add any of these items to your range or to your portal, please get in touch with our Customer Service Team on 0800 161 3661 or [email protected]