RISE in its continued effort to support the local industries, has joined forces with S-Innovations Ltd, a Cyprus-based innovation company, to determine the optimal color for High-Visibility Safety Apparel (HVSA). This 6-month “Proof of Concept” project was proposed by S-Innovations Ltd and was co-funded by Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation under the Restart 2016-2020 framework. On behalf of RISE the BIO-SCENT (Biometrics for Smart Human-centred Emerging Technologies) Multidisciplinary research group was involved in the collaboration.
The project addressed the problem of enhancing employee’s safety through the selection of optimum HVSA colors for a given work environment. The use of an appropriate HVSA at a worksite makes personnel more conspicuous and reduces accident rates. The standard colors for HVSA as per the relevant ISO and ANSI standards are red, orange and yellow. These colors offer high color contrast in many cases; however, the lack of a methodology for selecting the most suitable HVSA color for a specific work-area, results in situations where HVSA fail to provide increased conspicuity.
Main project achievements
The work carried out as part of the project is being disseminated through paper submissions in high caliber journal and conferences, and local presentations (Department of labor inspection, University of Nicosia).
More information is available at www.optimalsafetycolor.com