High Visibility Workwear Standards Explained

When conditions adversely affect how well workers can be seen, high visibility workwear is non-negotiable. Particularly during Autumn and Winter months, when daylight working hours are shorter and bad weather can decrease visibility further, it’s vital your team is kitted out.

High visibility workwear, also known as Hi Vis or Hi Viz clothing, improves a worker’s visibility using a mix of fluorescent material and reflective strips. In a commercial or industrial setting, high visibility warning clothing must comply with the EN471:2003 specification. As an employer, it is your duty to provide this equipment free of charge to any at-risk workers.

To help you meet your duty of care, at Enfield Safety we stock a wide range of high vis clothing which is fully compliant with the specifications of EN ISO 20471. The range includes hi vis jackets, coats and anoraks, hi vis fleeces, hi vis vests, hi vis trousers, hi vis hats, hi vis rucksacks and hi vis armbands. These come in a choice of classes suitable for a variety of settings.

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High Vis Classes

The level of protection you require depends on several factors including: natural and artificial lighting conditions, the effects or adverse weather conditions such as rain, fog and snow and any other factors which reduce visibility.

In some environments, lighter levels of protection may suffice. In higher risk settings, a greater level of protection is essential. There are 3 classes of hi vis garment, categorized on the levels on protection they provide.

Class 3:

  • For high risk environments – e.g. for highway engineers or construction workers on sites with heavy moving machinery.
  • Minimum background material 0.8m2
  • Minimum retro-reflective material 0.2m2

Class 2:

  • Medium risk settings. May not include whole body coverage e.g. high vis vests without sleeves.
  • Minimum background material 0.5m2
  • Minimum retro-reflective material 0.13m2

Class 1:

  • For low risk environments with minimally reduced visibility and without heavy moving machinery or vehicles on site.
  • Minimum background material 0.14m2
  • Minimum retro-reflective material 0.10m2

Additional Protection

Have you considered hard hat illumination to provide extra visability to vulnerable workers? Hard hat illumination systems provide further protection for vulnerable workers by adding a luminous strip with 50m visibility at the most easily seen part of the body.

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To help you meet your duty of care, at Enfield Safety we stock a wide range of high vis clothing which is fully compliant with the specifications of EN ISO 20471. The range includes hi vis jacketscoats and anorakshi vis fleeceshi vis vestshi vis trousershi vis hatshi vis rucksacks and hi vis armbands. These come in a choice of classes suitable for a variety of settings.

Looking for high quality workwear at exceptional value? Contact our safety champions today to talk through your high vis workwear requirements. Speak to the team on: 0333 003 5710.

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