For an extended period of time it was always assumed that any kind of base layer that was being worn was in some way a thermal layer.
People used to think that it was strange to be wearing a thermal shirt in the middle of summer.
But the fact of the matter is that some base layers are designed and made to help keep the wearer, if not completely cool then certainly drier than a cotton T-shirt can.
The problem with a cotton shirt is that while it may let air through, it also holds on to any moisture that it comes into contact with. This can become uncomfortable on a warm day and if the wearer is still in the garment as the temperature drops then they can become chilled very quickly.
So the next time you see someone wearing a ‘thermal’ base layer on a hot summers day, it might be safe to assume that they are actually very comfortable in what they are wearing.
But thermal base layers are still very much in existence. When it gets cold there is a huge range of products that are produced to keep the wearer comfortable when worn as a layer to help keep you warm.
Old-fashioned ‘Long-Johns’ have come a very long way from being the items of ridicule that they once were. Thanks to the advances made in the production of fabrics, it is now remain comfortable at temperatures as low as -25ºC. Although being that warm they might just be a little too warm to be used as pyjamas!
Depending on the role you play on site there is an appropriate base layer to help keep you warm, even on the coldest of days. Combined with the right mid layers and required high-vis outer layer there is no reason to be uncomfortable during your time on site.Winter
When people that do not use hi-vis are asked what they know on the subject then answers like, “It’s just for people that work on site” or “Isn’t it just so people see the bin man?” tend to become fairly regular answers.
It would probably surprise them to learn about the rigorous testing and the materials go through and the legal requirements that individual garments have to pass in order to meet current industry standards.
If you really wanted to create confusion then the question of whether they knew there was a difference between summer and winter garments, excluding waterproofs, would possibly result in the statement, “Well I don’t need it so who cares?”
People tend to forget that there are men and women out working in all conditions where hi-vis clothing is a legal requirement of their job. In the UK, winter begins on the last Sunday in October and does not officially end until the last Sunday in March. But even that time frame doesn’t take into account the shortening days as summer comes to a close, or even take into account days where visibility is low because of adverse weather conditions.
In winter hi-vis work wear also needs to provide the wearer with more than just the ability to be easily noticed. In many cases being waterproof is an expected feature, living in Britain even some of the summer-wear is usually waterproof, so having a warm lining or thermal layer can be a primary concern.
Then the actual need of the wearer needs to be considered. Providing lightweight cotton trousers and vest would be ludicrous if the user is working on a rail track in the middle of winter.
A simple, yet with hindsight obvious solution is to ask the teams that will be using the PPE what they need and supply the correct garments as required. Similarly there would be little point in providing a fully lined winter suit to a building inspector when they may spend more time inside a building than out.
Another issue that should be identified is how easy the garments are to clean. If they require specialist cleaning then they are not going to be suitable for use in an environment where there is a risk of becoming covered in dirt every day,
Teams working alongside busy roads are exposed to rapid climate changes and have the disadvantage of a constant stream of traffic expelling exhaust fumes as they pass by.
A simple example of how rapidly an item can become discoloured is the simple hi-vis vest worn by a cyclist. After one week commuting as little as twenty miles per week a hi-vis vest is more dirt than colour. So imagine how quickly a roadside workers clothing will deteriorate.
Winter work wear needs to be easy to clean while providing sufficient protection from the elements, otherwise a day at work would some become a long dark period of discomfort with the risk of severe injury.General, hi-vis, Winter
Winter is around the corner, which can only mean one thing. Expect coldness and roads covered with ice or snow not to mention the fog that will decrease visibility. This will increase the number of road accidents that occur since many workers find themselves in conditions where they cannot be seen easily. To increase their safety and their visibility, they are required to wear high visibility clothing made specially so that it can be seen from far away, regardless of the weather conditions. Beyond workers, hi-vis clothing is also great for cyclists and motorists who may find themselves in harm’s way without wearing Hi-Vis clothing.
In winter, not only is safety important but so is warmth. Working with sweaters and cardigans under high visibility clothes is a bit difficult and can become a hindrance. The material scratches the skin and is very uncomfortable to wear. The best way is to make use of high visibility work wear that is designed especially for winters! There are a number of options to choose from according to the needs of an individual. From gloves to shirts to overalls and fleeces, everything is available at https://www.harveysupplies.co.uk/64-c-hi-vis-clothing.
If it’s just the beginning of the winters and there’s just a chill in the air, it is best to wear a high visibility full sleeved shirt that will prevent the chill from entering your body and not become a hindrance whilst working. The Dickies GORT Long Sleeve Polo (SA2000) is the perfect one, it is warm enough for the beginning of winters and is on a sale with next day delivery!
Gloves are an essential piece of clothing that needs to be worn so that your hands stay warm and dry. High visibility gloves can be worn when on work to add extra safety and the extra warmth that one needs to prevent hands from getting turned into ice popsicles! Gloves available at https://www.harveysupplies.co.uk/64-c-hi-vis-clothing are the most comfortable gloves you’ll ever find. They are warm and yet designed in a way to enhance your hand’s grip and make your work even efficient. Available in a number of high visibility colours, these gloves are both warm and protective!
Many workers prefer having just one piece of clothing on that will give them overall warmth and safety. These workers want to keep even the tiny hint if cold that may creep upon them. The best solution for them are overalls! Overalls cover each and every body part and prevent any chill from coming in. high visibility overalls are both practical and easy to wear. Overalls such as the PortwestTexo Hi-Vis Coverall (TX55) and Portwest Hi-Vis PC Coverall (E042) are perfect for being warm, stylish and being safe! They are on a great discount at the moment and are available in next day delivery as well!
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Stay warm and stay safe!Winter