Over 70% of fatal injuries in the workplace are the result of being struck by a moving vehicle. It is therefore mandatory in most ‘high risk’ industries to be issued with and to wear high visibility garments. The most common is the Hi Vis Vest which should conform to all relevant performance standards EN471, European Standard for High Visibility Clothing.
In order to comply with all UK and European legislation, you need to ensure that the hi visibility garments you buy comply with the following: EN 471:2003, Table 1, Class 2 or 3, which must be worn at all times.
EN 471 Garment Classifications
CLASS 3 – HIGHEST PROTECTION LEVEL
Bands of retrofreflective material shall not be less than 50mm wide. Minimum background material 0.80m2. Minimum retroreflective material 0.20m2. A revised version of EN 471 was published in March 2004. One of the major changes in this version is that horizontal reflective bands can now have and incline of +20o
CLASS 2 – INTERMEDIATE PROTECTION LEVEL
Bands of retroreflective material shall not be less than 50mm wide. Minimum background material 0.50m2. Minimum retroreflective material 0.13m2
CLASS 1 – LOWEST PROTECTION LEVEL
Where enhanced visibility is an advantage, but for minimal risk/off road purposes only. Bands of retroreflective material shall not be less than 50mm wide. Minimum background material 0.14m2. Minimum retroreflective material 0.10m2
Peronalising your Hi Visibility Garments
Pennline can print your company Logo on your garments to ensure your staff are recognised and to promote your company.
If you are looking for Hi Visibility work wear please contact Pennline and speak to one of our team to discuss your requirements in more detail.