The nights have drawn in and being seen on site is paramount. High visibility clothing includes vests, jackets, trousers, tops and harnesses that feature, not only yellow or orange fluorescent colour, but also reflective strips that take a portion of visible ultraviolet light and through special pigments, sending it back to the viewer as more visible light.
High visibility clothing should be manufactured to the new British Standard for high visibility clothing BS EN 471 which is harmonised with the European standard, produced with the legal requirement for PPE in mind. High viz clothing that conforms to this standard is marked with a pictogram featuring X and Y markers:
- The X indicates the class of conspicuity which depends on the minimum area of conspicuous materials used on the clothing. Class 3 is the best and Class 1 the lowest.
- Y indicates the retroflection performance with Class 2 being more visible than Class 1 when seen in headlights during darkness.
The standard applies to high visibility overalls (coveralls), jackets, waistcoats, tabards, trousers and fall-arrest harnesses.
One more thing to look out for with high visibility clothing: since 1995, high viz clothing must be CE marked to show that it meets European rules on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
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