If you are a tradie engaged in construction, mining, engineering or transportation work, your work will likely involve long, strenuous hours with heavy equipment and hazardous conditions. It might also entail working in varying light conditions, which will only add tothechallenges of your job. Low visibility can also greatly increase the risks for you. Even if you take all safety precautions while doing your job, if you are not clearly visible in low light conditions, then you run the risk of injury or something more serious. Hi-vis workwear, therefore, is as important as other safety equipment.

The story behind hi vis workwear

The origin of hi vis workwear has an interesting story that dates back to the 1930s. Bob Switzer was an American with a dream of becoming a doctor. But this dream got shattered when he suffered a serious injury while offloading some crates at the Heinz ketchup factory in Berkeley, California after a fall. He suffered a hard knock to his head that put him in a coma. After coming back, he was instructed by doctors to stay in a dark room to protect and restore his vision. During this time, his brother Joe, who was a magician, used to entertain Bob by waving fluorescent chemicals in the air to create interesting patterns in the dark room. Bob was intrigued, and continued experimenting with these after he recovered. Soon after, both the brothers developed the world’s first fluorescent paint, termed “Day-Glo” for its ability to glow even in daylight. They performed many magic and stage shows with this, and even marketed this paint for use on movie posters. In fact, Bob used this paint even on his wife’s wedding dress, inadvertently creating the very first piece of hi vis clothing.

The US government then started using this idea to protect soldiers in the WWII, and this technology soon begun becoming widespread. Today, it has become an integral part of safety equipment for many industries and functions, and Australia has clearly defined standards and guidelines for Personal Protective Equipment, also known as PPE, which includes hi vis workwear for different industries. It is now also used in the sports and leisure industries by sportspeople of all types – athletes to swimmers and even referees!

Why choose Tuffa for hi vis workwear?

Tuffa Shop has been in the business of providing quality workwear for tradies since 1980. With over 3 decades of experience, we know what it takes for a piece of clothing to qualify as good workwear. We offer a very broad range of hi vis workwear, comprising of polos, hoodies, vests, jackets and more made from hi quality fabrics and tapes that comply with Australia and New Zealand’s Hi-Visibility Standards AS / NZS 4602.1.2011 and AS / NZS 1906.4.2010 for garments in high-risk applications. Feel free to browse through our collection of hi vis workwear online, and if there is anything you can’t find, we are confident of sourcing it from you. We ship not only in Melbourne, but to all localities in Australia.