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High-Visibility Safety Apparel

posted Dec 14, 2012, 8:19 PM by Joseph Highman
The safety of CAP personnel is of utmost importance when working in any Emergency Services capacity. This is of particular concern to ground operations members working in low-light or poor-visibility conditions where vehicles, aircraft, or other people could bring harm to them. To help protect these workers, CAP has defined requirements for the wear of high-visibility reflective safety apparel. Like all other safety-related matters, CAPR 62-1 provides specific details.

Per CAPR 62-1, Chapter 7 Personal Protective Equipment:
"Every CAP member will wear appropriate safety vests or safety apparel as outlined below when participating in CAP ground functions during all times, day or night. Safety vests or safety apparel may be orange or lime green and may be worn with or without the CAP logo. Examples of applicable ground functions are, but not limited to:
(1) All outdoor ground functions of emergency services.
(2) This guidance applies to formations only to the degree determined necessary to maintain formation visibility to traffic. Road guards or safety spotters should be utilized to safely warn traffic of formation movements.
(3) All individuals performing volunteer activities who are exposed to traffic hazards, including flight line support. The exception to this is for flight crews in transit between operations/flight planning and the aircraft, and while performing duties within the shadow of their aircraft (i.e., performing pre-flight or post-flight tasks).
(4) At all times during night in unlighted areas of operation when outside of vehicles or facilities while participating in any ground activity.
(5) Outdoor field activities where exposure to hunting or recreational use of weapons could be encountered."

CAPR 62-1,7, goes on to requiring safety vests to "meet ANSI Class 2 or 3 standards as noted on the ANSI classification tag which must be affixed to the garment. Examples of safety apparel are coats, jackets, rainwear, and may include orange or lime green reflective pants in conjunction with upper-body wear."

Stay legal. Stay Safe. If working during ground operations, wear your safety vest. If you do not have one, or if you need any assistance in obtaining one, please do not hesitate to contact your friendly neighborhood squadron Safety Officers or your Commander.
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Joseph Highman,
Dec 14, 2012, 8:19 PM
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