HVSA and Wet Weather: What You Need to Know

HVSA and Wet Weather: What You Need to Know

January 4, 2023

We all know that rain and severe weather can impact working on a job site. Rain can cause reduced visibility and discomfort if you’re not in the right gear, wind can cause equipment to fall or be pushed over, lightning can be hazardous to those working on equipment. 


While your high visibility safety apparel (HVSA) can’t solve all of these problems, it can help keep you safe and in sight. Wearing the right workwear can be the difference between someone seeing you through sheets of rain and an injury or worse. 

Don’t Cover Up Your HVSA

We’ve said this before, but it bears repeating—bad weather isn’t a good enough reason to cover up your HVSA. It can be tempting to throw on a rain jacket when it starts coming down, but if it hinders the view of your HVSA, you’re putting yourself at risk. Instead, pick garments that are ANSI-compliant and keep you dry. This way, you’re safe and you can keep on working. 

What HVSA Should You Wear in the Rain

Get the Jacket That’s Ready for Anything

Kishigo’s Storm Stopper Pro Rainwear Jacket (RWJ100) is Class 3 compliant and was designed to perform exceptionally well in wet conditions. It’s made with waterproof material with seam sealed construction and prismatic reflective tape for added durability and visibility. Plus, it’s loaded with features like a storm flap, hidden collar hood, mesh liner, and more. 

Stay Dry from Head to Toe

Kishigo’s Rainwear Set (RW110) will keep you nice and dry. This essential set is crafted with waterproof material, seam seals, and 2” wide reflective bands to help keep you safe. And for comfort, the jacket and pants have adjustable wrist and leg cuffs. It’s a great set to keep stored in your car! 

Tips to Help Keep You and Your Workers Safe in Wet Weather

  • Don’t rush: We know that rain can cause workers to hurry to get the job done before it hits or even afterwards because of a delay. Rushing can lead to more accidents or even the temporary closure of a job site.
  • Plan for the unexpected: Keep back-up workwear in your car in the event of bad weather. 
  • Stay dry: When you get wet, you’ll lose body heat faster and that can lead to cold stress or even hypothermia. 
  • Watch the forecast: Make sure to keep an eye on the forecast. The last thing you want is to be working on a metal scaffolding if lightning is expected.