The following are some examples of various PPE and equipment that a Flagger must have to perform their duties for daytime use:
- In Washington state Hi-Visibility Hard Hats must be white, yellow, yellow-green, orange or red in color. Must have 12 sq. in. of reflective material applied for nighttime usage.
- In Washington state Hi-Visibility Garments must be fluorescent yellow-green, fluorescent orange-red or fluorescent red in color and have retroreflective material to provide 360° of coverage.
- 24" Retroreflective Stop Slow Paddle - Many different styles to choose from.
- FYI - LED signs are becoming more and more popular with government agencies.
- Examples of Hand Held Radio
- Don't forget batteries.
- Best for your money is: 2 per package, waterproof, sub channels and rechargeable. Non-waterproof is OK but you will need to keep the radio in zip lock bags for protection from the elements.
- Whistle - plastic with cork ball is preferred. DO NOT purchase a metal whistle: burns lips in the summer and freezes to them in the winter.
- Boots: Personally I swear by Timberlands, but they are very expensive, but worth the money.
- Must be over the ankle. Flaggers walk on uneven terrain and boots will prevent rolled ankles. No safety toe tennis shoes, sneakers or under the ankle cut boots.
- Must have reinforced toe (safety toe). Steel is OK, but it's heavy and cold in the winter. Composite or Kevlar (expensive) are the best. They are lightweight helping with fatigue and do not get cold as easy as steel.
- In inclement weather, high tops are the best, especially for snow.
Hi-visibility pants - NOT required for daytime use, but are required for nighttime use. However, it is preferred that flaggers where them during the day in order to increase their visibility. Trust me on this, it's worth your life.