We sell hi vis clothing through our website, but we also understand that many of our customers in building companies need information about the regulations around hi vis clothing. Essentially, in order to comply with all UK and EU legislation, you need to ensure that the hi vis clothing you buy complies with the following :
HiVis Clothing conforming to BS EN 471:2003, Table 1, Class 2 or 3, which must be worn at all times
The colour of the background materials should normally be fluorescent Yellow from Table 2 of EN477:2003
The retro-reflective materials should comply with Table 5 of EN471:2003
HiVis garment types are grouped into three classes based upon the visibility provided, with the classes dictating the minimum quantities of background and reflective materials used.
CLASS 3 - Highest Protection Level of HiVis Clothing
Band of retro-reflective materials shall not be less than 50mm wide. Minimum background material 0.80m sq. Minimum retro-reflective material 0.20m sq.
CLASS 2 - Intermediate Protection Level of HiVis Clothing
Band of retro-reflective material shall not be less than 50mm wide. Minimum background material 0.50m sq. Minimum retro-reflective material 0.13m sq.
CLASS 1 - Lowest Protection Level of HiVis Clothing
Band of retro-reflective material shall not be less than 50mm wide. Minimum background material 0.14m sq. Minimum retro-reflective material 0.10m sq.
It is important to note that to conform to BS EN 471 standards items must have a Yellow, or Orange, background. HiVis items of other colours will NOT conform to UK and EU standards for High Visibility clothing.
A revised version of EN417 was published in 2004, one of the major changes in this version is that horizontal reflective bands can now have an incline of +20%