What to Tell your School about Hi Vis vests

by Brian French on Jul 17, 2023

What to Tell your School about Hi Vis vests

Have you been given the task of organising Hi Vis Vests for your school? At some point they may ask you to tell the decision makers why they are such a good idea.
To help you we have prepared some points that will communicate the message.

Disaster Avoidance
It only has to ‘help’ once. We hope your vests are never ‘needed’. You do all this for that one day when a series of coincidences means a distracted driver can make a different choice and save lives. Anything that tilts the outcome in favour of child safety is a good idea.

Enhanced safety:
High visibility vests significantly improve the safety of students by making them more visible to drivers, cyclists, and other pedestrians. They help reduce the risk of accidents, especially in low-light conditions or areas with heavy traffic.

Customization options:
High visibility vests can be customized with the school's logo or colours, which promotes school pride and a sense of belonging among students. Personalizing the vests can create a stronger connection to the school community.
We find it helps build team spirit and a sense of belonging. The vests are more likely to be returned to the school after use.

Educational opportunity:
Incorporating high visibility vests into safety education programs provides an opportunity to teach students about the importance of visibility, road safety, and responsible behaviour. It reinforces valuable life skills that can benefit them beyond their school years.

Positive public image:
When students wear high visibility vests, it projects a positive image of the school and its commitment to student safety. It showcases the school's proactive approach to protecting its students and demonstrates responsible leadership in the community.

Compliance with safety standards:
Quality high visibility vests meet recognized safety standards, such as ANSI/ISEA 107 or EN ISO 20471. This ensures that the vests have undergone rigorous testing and meet specific visibility and performance requirements.

Legal compliance:
Inform the school that high visibility vests can help meet legal obligations regarding student safety during outdoor activities, such as field trips, walking to school, or participating in events outside the school premises.

Versatile usage:
High visibility vests can be used in various settings and activities, including school trips, physical education classes, extracurricular events, or sports activities. They offer flexibility and adaptability to different situations where visibility is crucial.

Note the cost-effectiveness of high visibility vests. Highlight their durability and long-term value, as they can withstand daily wear and exposure to the elements. By investing in quality vests, the school can reduce the risk of accidents, potential legal liabilities, and associated costs.

Engage parents and gain their support:
Mention that providing high visibility vests demonstrates the school's commitment to student safety and can garner strong support from parents. Their confidence in the school's safety measures will contribute to a positive parent-school relationship.

By including these points, you can effectively convey to the school administration why high visibility vests are good and how they contribute to the overall safety and well-being of students.