Are you visible enough in your workplace? There is much to gain by being visible in your workplace, which is a smart way to achieve a safer working environment for both you and others. If you also work outdoors, your workwear requirements are different. Not only do your clothes need to withstand the weather, but you also need to be visible, and this is where high visibility clothing, which is personal protective equipment, comes in. High visibility clothing is used, for example, when working in traffic, road work, rescue work, loading and unloading, where work simply requires high visibility both day and night. Wearing high visibility clothing when working on roads gives drivers a better chance of perceiving a working person on the road and can adjust their speed accordingly.
Consider the following:
High visibility clothing should be washed inside out separately or together with other garments approved according to EN471/EN ISO 20471. Do not use detergent with optical brighteners or softeners or bleaches. Always follow the washing instructions that come with your garment, which include how many times the garment can be washed. Make sure your high visibility clothing is always clean to maintain maximum safety.
Without reflectors, you are visible only at a distance of 20-30 meters in traffic! With reflectors, the distance increases to 125 meters, which can be crucial in preventing a workplace accident. During the winter months, darkness and poor weather conditions, such as poor visibility due to mist and fog, make it extra important to wear reflectors. Use reflectors and reflective material in many places on the body to increase visibility.
REMEMBER! If you work in traffic, remember that the headlights of cars hit the lower part of the body first, which means that the reflectors on the legs are visible first, so it is extra important that they are intact and clean.
A reflector works when it is dark and there is a light source, such as headlights from a car. The reflector is designed so that most of the light from a light source is reflected back from the reflector to the light source. This means that a driver can see you several seconds earlier than if you did not have a reflector. If the car is traveling at 70 km/h, it can travel nearly 60 meters during these seconds.
Hi-Vis certified garments are divided into three different classes based on how visible the wearer is. The garments have fluorescent surfaces and reflectors that meet the certification requirements for design, for example, the minimum width of the reflector should be 50 mm. The materials are tested before and after washing, with a minimum of 5 washes, and if the garment has been tested and approved for a higher number of washes, this should be indicated on the washing instructions.
Tip! You can achieve class 3 workwear in different ways. Either by using class 3 workwear or by combining two class 2 workwear, so that together they become class 3 certified.
Common requirements for the three protective classes:
Important! The combination of clothes should be of the same brand and standard to be 100% approved. Warning clothes should be CE-marked and thus comply with the rules on personal protective equipment. The visibility requirements are considered met if the clothes are tested and certified according to the DS/EN ISO 20471 standard.