The importance of hi visibility work wear
According to the Health & Safety Executive’s website, The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations mean that you must always choose the correct clothing for tasks you undertake at your job. This is especially important if you’re working in a high risk scenario, where not being seen could put you in serious danger. That’s where hi visibility, or hi vis workwear comes in. Their bright, usually fluorescent fabrics and reflective properties mean that you cannot be missed, even in the darkest, cloudiest conditions, ensuring your safety.
When it comes to the types of hi visibility workwear available, it really is case of “anything and everything” – after all, the more of you that’s visible, the safer you are. The traditional, tried and trusted high visibility waistcoat remains a top seller across the world, but manufacturers are branching out, providing high vis versions of hoodies, trousers, headwear and bomber jackets.
Not just anyone can make high visibility clothing which will make the grade though, and in this case, the grade is EN471. Since 2003, this legislation has been in place to ensure that all high visibility clothing passes stringent testing to keep its wearer safe. Legally, only yellow and orange coloured high visibility clothing will pass this test. While other colours, such as greens and pinks are available, they won’t be eligible for EN471. Each garment must pass tests on its strength, colour fastness, and quality of its reflective strips. Fail that test, and you can’t sell it as a high visibility item with EN471 approval.
Luckily, there are some very high quality high vis clothing manufacturers out there, providing EN471 approved high vis items to the market. Port West, Dickies and Uneek are just some of the leaders in this industry, and we’re delighted to be able to offer them to our customers.
At Personalised and Printed, we offer not only premium quality high visibility clothing, but the chance to have it printed with your company’s logo or message. Choose from a variety of printing colours, or stick to the tried and trusted black, which contrasts well against the high vis fabric colours. Why not fill out one of our quick quote request forms on our website and see why so many companies choose Personalised and Printed for their hi vis items?