Caltrans requires its employees to wear a hard hat:
– During any work activity that may expose them to a head injury.
– When exposed to falling or flying objects, hazardous chemical substances, and/or electrical shock and burns.
– When working on foot within the right-of-way of any highway or road, which includes freeways, multilane highways, and city streets.
– When working on foot during any work activity where motorized equipment or motor vehicles are being used.
– While operating any motorized equiment not equipped with an “enclosed cab.”
Caltrans requires its employees to wear safety glasses:
– When working on foot within the right-of-way of any highway or road, which includes freeways, multi-lane highways, and city streets.
When working on foot during any work activity where motorized equipment or motor vehicles are being used.
– When operating any motorized equipment that is not equipped with an enclosure or cab.
Regarding the use of safety shoes: Field personnel are required to wear (as a minimum) a serviceable leather work shoe or boot with soles made of neolite, neoprene, crepe rubber, or similar material which will not disintegrate or be affected by petroleum solutions and will retain a non-slip surface under wet, damp, oily, or muddy conditions. Employees are responsible to provide their own footwear. The department does furnish footwear for special work activities including metal toe covers, high-top rubber boots, hip waders, or rubber overshoes for use during inclement weather.
Regarding the use of safety vests: A vest of appropriate color equipped with reflective material is the standard. However, vests, jackets, or coveralls of appropriate color without reflective material, or shirts of appropriate color may be worn only during daylight hours. Warning garments shall be worn whenever working on foot, within the right-or-way, or near vehicular or equipment traffic.
For more detailed information, check out the Caltrans Safety Manual on the website below.