Reflective Safety Tape
Reflective safety tape is an important tool in many different businesses and professions. Often they form an indelible visual barrier between safe or unsafe work areas. This tape comes in a variety of textures and formats. Certain types are meant for certain applications, and it is important ensure they are used correctly. Misuse of this tape can lead to all sorts of accidents.
Often times you will find reflective safety tape in use as a warning to stay away from dangerous or hazardous chemicals. Their reflective attributes allow them to be seen in both daylight and at night time.
Many road signs employ the use of reflective safety tape or coating to ensure visibility in low light or at night time. In addition to road signs, many guardrails employ this as a means of helping cars avoid collision with them.
In the fire fighting industry this tape is crucial. It is in use on fire trucks and apparatus, as well as fire fighting attire. When fighting fires, the tape (which makes it possible for fire fighters to identify each other) can make all the difference.
Another industry using safety tape is the coastguard. Much of their equipment must remain visible, even in the worse oceanic conditions. When they are sent out to search for vessels in trouble it is important that they be able to keep track of their equipment as it is in use. Reflective tape makes it much easier for them to see what is going on. Much of their equipment have some type of safety tape on it; making it highly visible.
Road construction crews wear vests clad with reflective tape to make them more visible to those riding city streets. The reflective tape allows them to work in close proximity to fast moving vehicles. Their counterparts in the park and recreation areas of work also wear these vests. Not only do they protect against automobiles, they also alert pedestrians that work is being performed in a given area and to stay away.
Reflective tape is used on oil rigs and in bio-hazard complexes. It alerts staff and visitors alike to use caution when entering a certain area. Since there are many dangers in these environments reflective tape can save many lives.
When hazardous spills occur, reflective tape comes into play as a boundary. Like “Caution Tape,” reflective tape lets people such as rescuers and bystanders know where safe and non safe areas are.
On aircraft carriers this tape is in wide usage; letting sailors know where danger zones might be encountered. They are also used in and around munitions areas as a constant reminder of the dangers around them. On the flight deck various forms of reflective tape alert deckhands to areas they should and should not walk; such as launch and landing areas. There are many other dangerous places where reflective tape may be in use on a carrier.
School buses use reflective tape as well. To ensure that students may embark or disembark safely, many school buses employ reflective tale on their stop signs to help vehicles see them. Crossing guards also wear reflective vests.