In many workplaces, high visibility clothing plays a crucial part in the safety regiment.

The goal is for the wearer to be as visible as possible against varying backgrounds in all weather and lighting conditions (rain, mist, dusk and night time, as well as bright daylight). Standards also require that the garment’s conspicuity and structural integrity are retained over a reasonable service life in a workwear application.

All high visibility clothing must have reflective tape not less than 50mm wide.

The test for the standard EN ISO 20471:2013 includes 6 main areas:

  • Colour Fastness
  • Colour Measurement
  • Dimensional Stability
  • Tape Testing
  • Garment Assessment
  • Chemistry Testing

There are three classes into which high visibility garments fall, based on the conspicuity levels they provide:

CLASS THREE                                                                                                                                                                   This is the highest level of conspicuity. Minimum background material 0.80m sq. Minimum retro reflective material 0.20m sq.

CLASS TWO                                                                                                                                                                       Intermediate protection. Minimum background material 0.50m sq. Minimum retro reflective material 0.13m sq.

CLASS ONE                                                                                                                                                                        Low level protection. Minimum background material 0.14m sq. Minimum retro reflective material 0.10m sq.

It is essential to ensure your high visibility garments are kept clean. If high visibility garments are dirty the visibility will be compromised, therefore frequent cleaning is required to maintain high visibility.

When first purchased, hi visibility garments will meet the standards specified, designed and certified to according to the manufacturer’s instructions. However, consideration should be taken to the maintenance of the garments. Oil, grease and other dirt will frequently come into contact with the fabric. If adequate care is not taken with regard to washing and cleaning the garment, there is the potential that the garment will no longer work to the desired effect, when required to protect in low levels of light. Washing instructions should be included in the garment label.

Care and attention should be paid to ensure that wearers understand the reason for wearing protective clothing, and why the background material and retro reflective tape help to provide additional visibility in different lighting conditions.

Our extensive and versatile range of high visibility garments includes styles that not only conform to the latest safety standards, but are also functional, hard wearing, comfortable and stylish. Adding your company logo to a garment is a great way to achieve brand exposure and portray a professional image for your company – speak to our team to find out how our in-house logo facilities can help you achieve maximum impact for your brand!

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