Reflective work wear is not a luxury, it is a mandatory article of safety equipment for field workers in forestry and related occupations. It ensures that workers are easily visible to each other in areas where they might not otherwise be seen. Working in the forest comes with many dangers, which is why reflective clothing is a necessity to lower the risk of injury.
For a garment to fulfill the needs of the forestry industry, it must be able to retain its reflective properties over long periods of time, and during potentially harsh weather conditions. It must be highly reflective for work in densely wooded areas and/or low light conditions, as well around moving equipment. It must be able to withstand industrial washing procedures, though some require garments for home wash as well. The most popular 3M™ Scotchlite™ products purchased for the forestry industry are 8940 and 5540.
3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material – 8940 Silver Industrial Wash Flame Resistant Fabric is made with 100% aramid backing and is certified to NFPA and CAN/CGSB standards as components. 8940 helps enhance the visibility of the wearer in nighttime or low-light conditions when illuminated by a light source, such as headlights, by returning the light back toward the original source and reaching the automobile driver’s eye.
3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material – 5540 Segmented Industrial Wash Flame Resistant Trim is designed for use on safety garments requiring flame resistance as defined by NFPA 2112 or NFPA 1977 for example. When properly used, Scotchlite reflective material – 5540 segmented industrial wash flame resistant trim helps to enhance the conspicuity of the wearer in nighttime or low-light conditions when illuminated by a light source such as vehicle headlights or search lights, by returning the light back toward the original source and reaching the driver’s eyes. Scotchlite reflective material – 5540 segmented industrial wash flame resistant trim is composed of wide angle, exposed retroreflective lenses bonded to a heat-activated adhesive.
It is important to be highly visible in occupations with risks. No matter what, the reflective product you purchase must be durable and reliable, which is why 3M™ Scotchlite™ Material is your best option. Manufactured in North America, it is a high quality reflective product that is made with care and safety in mind giving the people in your care the best possible chance of a safe work environment. Choosing to purchase it through us at Davey Textile Solutions is giving yourself the best possible customer care experience.