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EN471 – HIGH VISIBILITY WARNING CLOTHING

18 Mar 2016

What is EN471?

EN471 is a law which instructs anyone is a dangerous work-situation to wear High-Visibility clothing so the wearer can be seen clearly by everyone and everything.

There are 3 levels of Hi-Vis clothing – High risk (Class 3), Intermediate risk (Class 2) and Minimum risk (Class 1).

 

Why would you wear High-VisibilityMatrix2015 clothing?

By wearing the correct type of Hi-Vis clothing (all depending on what kind of job you have) – you can will hopefully stay safe and avoid danger. (*plus, it’s the law.)

Normally the colour of your Hi-Vis clothing isn’t important (yellow vs. orange) - The key thing, is the clothing has a combination of reflective and fluorescent materials.

 

When would you wear the specific Types of Hi-Vis clothing?

If you work On or Near motorways, dual-carriage ways, or airports – you should wear Class 3 Hi-Vis clothing (normally a Full-sleeved jacket or full-length trousers with at least 4 meters of 5cm reflective tape sewed in).

If you work On or Near A and B class roads, or if you are a delivery driver – you should wear Class 2 Hi-Vis clothing (normally a vest with at least 2.6 meters of 5cm reflective tape sewed in).

If you work On or Near a private road – you should wear Class 1 Hi-Vis clothing (normally a vest or trousers with at least 2 meters of 5cm reflective tape sewed in).

It’s important to note that you can also wear these with Class 2 and/or Class 3 Hi-Vis clothing.

 

 

SAFETY STANDARDS

EN471:2003 + A1:2007 - HIGH VISIBILITY
EN 471 is the harmonised European standard for high visibility clothing. It specifies the requirements for signalling the user’s presence day or night. It intends to make users in hazardous situations conspicuous under any light conditions.

X = Surface of fluorescent and retro-reflective material (3 levels)
Y = Quality of the retro-reflecting materials (2 levels)

EN ISO 20471:2013 - HIGH VISIBILITY
The new International Standard for High Visibility Clothing is due to be published in the Official Journal of the EU in 2013.

Summary of the main updates to the new EN ISO 20471 standard:
EN ISO 20471 Performance parameter:
X = Surface of fluorescent and retro-reflective material (3 levels)
1. Class 1 Retro- reflective tape is no longer an option so only Class 2 Retroreflective tape is permissible.
2. The EN ISO 20471 symbol has been updated. (See below)
3. Placement of retro-reflective tape – The mandatory patterns for retroreflective tape remain unchanged, except now additional bands of tape may be added to achieve required areas.
4. Class 3 garments must now be garments, which cover the torso and have either full-length sleeves and or full-length legs.
5. Fluorescent background materials must pass colour and luminance tests after stated number of washes on the care label. (Not applicable to vests and tabards)

6. Tensile strength, Burst strength, Tear strength requirements have been reduced.
7. Colourfastness to perspiration staining requirement has increased to 4.
8. Colourfastness to washing/dry-cleaning staining requirement has been reduced to 4 for non-fluorescent fabrics.
9. Water vapour permeability requirements for fabrics (excluding EN343 fabrics) have been amended.
10. Retro – Reflective Tape: Performance after washing test method requires each cycle to be a wash and dry cycle. EN471 only requires drying after the last wash cycle.

EN ISO 20471 Performance parameter:
X = Surface of fluorescent and retro-reflective material (3 levels)

 

 

 

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Class 3: Highest Level Highest level of protection - required for any persons working on or near motorways or dual-carriage ways or airports. Must incorporate a minimum of 0.80m2 of background material and 0.20m2 of retro-reflective materials. (4 metres of 5cm wide reflective tape)

Class 2: Intermediate Level required for any persons working on or near A and B class roads, also for delivery drivers. Must incorporate a minimum of 0.50m2 of background material and 0.13m2 of Retroreflective material. (2.60 metres of 5cm wide reflective tape)

Class 1: Minimum Level Minimum level of protection required for any persons working on a private road or to be used in conjunction with a higher classed garment. Must incorporate a minimum of 0.14m2 of background material and 0.10m2 of retroreflective material. (2 metres of 5cm wide reflective tape)

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