Reflective clothing

Hi Vis clothing describes any type of clothing that has a color or fabrics that are highly reflective. These clothes can be seen from a further distance and under lesser light than normal. They are also known as reflective clothes.

The origin

In the 1930's, Bob Switzer was injured as a result of a workplace accident. He used his recovery time to invent a neon coloured paint out of wood varnish and fluorescent minerals. He tested his product on his wife's wedding dress. He named it Day Glo. He started manufacturing and distributing it to toy makers with the help of his brother.

As time went by, the military adopted it to send signals from the ground to the air. Eventually, it was incorporated into work wear. It was first adopted for flight control and for railway workers.

Uses of this clothing

Anybody who requires extra visibility can wear these clothes.

l A hunter can wear this to prevent accidental shootings.

l A bicycle or motorcycle rider or jogger can wear it when riding at night to lessen the possibility of getting knocked down by a car.

l Industrial or construction workers can wear them to enhance their visibility when working in areas with poor lighting.

l A motorist may wear it when their vehicle has broken down on a dimly lit road.

l Security and safety officers wear them for identification by civilians.

Types available

The types of Hi Vis Clothing available differ depending on the need of the person wearing it. Safety officers who assist children in crossing the road may only need a reflective waist coat or half jacket. Traffic police officers normally wear a full long sleeved jacket that is fully reflective.

Cyclists and riders may choose a reflective half coat or wear a neon waist band. A reflective helmet may also increase visibility on the road. Most construction workers wear a neon waist coat. Hikers, hunters and children have the option of wearing neon hand or arm bands, pendants or stick on reflective badges.