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If you work outside, rainwear may be an essential part of your attire. Any clothing that keeps you warm, dry, and visible even when it’s pouring outside is rainwear, although individual requirements for your job can vary.
Rainwear is a broad term for any clothing item worn in the rain due to its waterproof or water-resistant qualities. While branding can vary (we personally like PIP, MCR Safety, NSA, and Pyramex for our rainwear), rainwear technology for workers is designed to make working outside in cold and wet conditions possible in a few ways:
Staying dry while working in the rain consists of two parts. The first is to keep the rain away from your skin. Rainwear is waterproof or water-resistant for this reason. Technologies may vary, but these garments are coated or repel water, which prevents it from soaking through to your skin.
All rainwear should be hi-vis because conditions are typically darker when it’s raining, and rain reduces visibility. Any amount of added visibility on a dangerous worksite is worth it. Remember, when choosing hi-vis rainwear, garments should be comfortable and appropriate for the tasks at hand. Performing a risk assessment and looking into different types and classes of hi-vis rainwear (or other safety workwear) can help you make purchasing decisions. You can ask for help from a PK Safety expert.