College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Stacy Kolegraff, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


As the construction industry transitions to reflect a more diverse population, it is essential that personal protective equipment (PPE) accommodates this shift in demographics. In particular, the “One size fits all” approach is no longer an appropriate metric of fit for the safety vest. Previous student research reflected an overwhelming consensus that construction workers do not have vests which appropriately fit them. In response, the Cal Poly Construction Management Department hosted the first ever Verifying Everyone's Safety Together (VEST) Hackathon. This two-day event fostered a space for industry members, students, and faculty to discuss and develop several prototypes which better accommodate a diverse population of people. Several common themes were brought up in conversation and interviews at the Hackathon event. This research will discuss the general demand for properly fitting high visibility safety vests as identified by hackathon participants and how the code of standards for this piece of PPE may be inhibiting the ability to accommodate this demand. Developing a more narrowly tailored definition of proper fit so the code can simultaneously cover the risk of low visibility of workers on site is essential in fostering a safer work environment.

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