It all began when Bob Switzer, an American would-be doctor got injured at work. Instead of reading and resting up, he spent his recovery developing a new kind of luminescent paint, that he hoped would help other workers avoid his fate. He also decided to try it out on his wife's wedding dress, so he was as brave as he was creative.
Hi-vis clothing is everywhere now and it's impossible to ignore – the very secret to its success.
And though it started as safety wear for work, studies across the world have all found that to be seen is, ultimately, to be safe. So for cyclists, pedestrians, and all other road workers, high visibility is an important to your workwear.
But it's always been most vital right where it started out, for workers in all kinds of industries, where being seen is part of your occupation.
Hi-vis or HV is just as important as the tools you use. Simply put, it saves lives. So as you might expect, it comes with a whole raft of ANSI (American National Standards Agency) guidelines to adhere to, and it's the law now in many cases that if you're on site, you're wearing HV.
And modern day HV, like a lot of work wear, really has come a long way from simple jerkins and uncomfortable plastic waistcoats that made hard work even harder. Big and bulky just didn't work, so it was only a matter of time before the world of space age fabric developments, new approaches to design, and the working world collided.
Now some of the world's biggest and brightest brands are developing HV clothing that feels soft and comfortable, while offering an altogether better, brighter, and safer working experience.
A look around the Working Person's Store High Visibility section will show you just how far these top brands have come. Brands associated with sports, fashion, and recreation are now able to put what they've learned out there, back into their work wear. They're developing new fabrics and new designs that help people move more effectively and comfortably. Now isn't that music to the modern worker's ears?
Let's take Dickies, they're the number one manufacturer of work apparel in the world. But they combine what they've learned from their vast experience of getting out to the world's workers with an awareness of the world of fashion, producing a huge range of high quality, safe, and stylish HV. These guys have produced great looking street wear too, and you can see evidence of that across their range. Their HV hooded fleece jacket benefits from great styling touches, so it fits great, it's lighter and is designed to keep you safe and warm.
Helly Hansen is another iconic brand putting their energies into making great Hi-Vis workwear with a range of waterproof bibs and jackets. And as you'd expect from a company that thinks of people in all situations, they're putting FR materials, practical styling, and fastenings into their HV. And their devotion to quality means their waterproof workwear is light and made from blends of polyester and PVC, so they're resistant to mildew. These reassuring details matter and comply with tough industry safety standards.
And that's ultimately what's at the core of all of our Hi-Vis range – safety. Whether it's cold weather work, construction, mining, outdoor, hiking, or just chores, we've got the best stuff to keep you safe. The best brands using the best materials and the latest technologies.
Wrangler, Helly Hansen, Wolverine, OccuNomix, Tingley Rubber, CAT, and many more standard bearers – all great names, all dedicated to quality High Visibility workwear and all found on workingperson.com.
So, whatever you need to wear at work, check out our Hi-Vis section. Because at Working Person's Store, you can be sure of one thing, we've got you covered.