High Visibility

High visibility garments maximize awareness of the wearer's presence even when the wearer is unaware of the proximity of others. The wearing of such garments on or near a working site is not only recommended, but is compulsory in many cases.

What is EN471?

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What is EN471?

EN471 specifies requirements for protective clothing capable of signalling the user's presence visually, intended to provide conspicuity of the user in hazardous situation under any light conditions by day and under illumination by vehicle headlights in the dark.

Performance requirements are included for colour and retroreflection as well as for the minimum areas and for the placement of the materials on protective clothing.


The three levels of protection:

EN471 Class 1

Class 1 defines the lowest visibility level
  • Fluorescent material ≥ 0.14 M²
  • Retroreflective material ≥ 0.10 M²
Or
  • Combined material
    Fluorescent reflective ≥ 0.20 M²
EN471 Class 1

EN471 Class 2

Class 2 defines an intermediary visibility level
  • 1 horizontal band and 2 shoulder bands or,
    2 horizontal bands and 2 shoulder bands or,
    2 horizontal bands
  • Trousers need 2 horizontal reflective bands circular on each trouser leg
  • Bib and brace trousers: 1 horizontal band around the torso, 2 horizontal reflective bands circular on each trouser leg
  • Fluorescent material
  • Retroreflective material ≥ 0.13 M²
EN471 Class 2

Required for any person working on or near A and B class roads

EN471 Class 3

Class 3 defines the highest level of visibility
  • As Class 2 but with full length sleeves with 2 horizontal circular bands on each sleeve
  • Fluorescent material ≥ 0.8 M²
  • Retroreflective material ≥ 0.20 M²
EN471 Class 3

Required for any person working on or near motorways, dual carriage ways or airports

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