Having access to a huge range of Hi Vis products means that we can supply your business or organisation with clothing relating to all aspects of Health and Safety in the work place.
The product range is too big to list everything on the website so if you are looking for something specific then please call or email us.
What is High Visibility Work Clothing?
Reflective workwear is now more commonly known as high visibility personal protection clothing. This type of PPE, such as vests, coats, jackets, trousers and t-shirts are now an everyday sight worn by workers in many different types of industries in the UK.
Two of the most common colours used in this type of clothing are yellow and orange with silver strips that reflect when hit by a light source such as a car headlight.
The reason that hi vis safety clothing is an everyday item for so many employees is due to the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992.
So Who is Required to Wear Hi Vis?
There are loads of types of industry in the UK that requires workers to wear high visibility clothing by law. The obvious ones are emergency services and transport related industry such as the railways.
If you are a smaller company or organisation then it is worth carrying out a 5 step Health and Safety Risk Assessment. You then need to look at the relevant type of clothing that is required for a particular task. Where hi vis personal protection equipment and clothing is concerned, it is worth taking a look at this article on the Health and Safety Executive website. This will help to determine suitable clothing for the risk, job and wear. It also need to be compatible with other forms of PPE and meet all of the required industry standards.
What are the UK Standards for Hi Vis Workwear?
Firstly, all new clothing must be ‘CE’ marked which shows that it meets the European rules on the manufacture of PPE. Most importantly, the latest harmonised international high visibility standard is EN ISO 20471 which was released in 2013.
There are 3 sub classes within EN ISO 20471 which determine the level of visibility:
Class 3 achieves the highest level of visibility and the items that most commonly meet this standard are Hi-Vis jackets and long sleeved vests. This is because the minimum background fabric needs to be at least 0.8 meters squared.
Class 2 is the intermediate level of visibility which means that the background material should be at least 0.5 meters squared. Therefore, items such as Hi-Vis sleeveless vests are commonly classified as Class 2.
Class 1 achieves the lowest level of visibility with a minimum background material of 0.14 square meters. Hi-Vis trousers when worn separately from other garments are common in the class.
All of the products that we supply from our Hi Vis range meet both of the above standards and we have created a handy Hi Vis Standards page providing all the relevant info.