Volunteerism and safety vests: Who should wear them?
Volunteerism builds communities and character. An act of kindness and free service brings people together to get things done. Volunteers need to be visible, safe and seen, just as any paid employee is required to be. They should be easily identifiable to the general public and visible in a high traffic or otherwise congested situation to avoid personal injury – they need to be wearing safety vests.
There are many types of volunteer service positions where people should absolutely be wearing high visibility safety vests, or colored identification vests, such as:
- Adopt-a-Highway cleanup days (these would require an ANSI Class 3 vest)
- City organized cleanup days (along streets, parks, parking lots and more)
- Beach cleanup days
- Crossing guards at schools or events near crosswalks
- Yard duty volunteer supervisors at schools
- Red Cross volunteers at disaster relief or events
- Event volunteers (such as at cycling events, classic car shows, fairs, festivals, fundraisers and more)
- Park or nature docents
- Volunteers at charity construction sites (such as Habitat for Humanity job sites or work “camps”)
- Volunteer maintenance workers
- Bike or park trail volunteer patrol
If you run a volunteer base or organization, give us a call to see how we can supply you with safety vests to outfit your generous volunteer worker bees. (800) 746-5357.