Now its well and truly winter, now is a very important time to make sure your team is kitted out in top quality hi-vis workwear that will keep people safe as well as warm. But its not just as simple as buying a reflective yellow jacket, there are laws and regulations to follow, but don’t worry we have you covered! 

We meet up with Matt from Leo Work Wear who talked us through everything hi-vis. Leo have been creating some of the best quality hi-vis work wear for nearly 40 years from their UK base in Devon and they came to our head office to impart some of this knowledge. 

 

It’s extremely important to ensure you don’t just pick any hi-vis workwear, you need to make sure it complies with the relevant standards. In this case, the standards to comply with are the BS EN 471 European Standards For High Visibility Clothing.

BS EN 471 European Standards For High Visibility Clothing

EU standard requires that hi-vis items must be yellow or orange it is also broken down into 3 different classes as shown below.

 

Class 1

  • Offer the lowest level of visibility
  • Great for wear-houses and places away from traffic  
  • Retro-reflective band should be a minimum of 50mm wide
  • Background material must be a minimum of 0.14m sq.
  • Retro-reflective material should be a minimum of 0.10msq.

Class 2

  • For use on roads with traffic traveling less than 40mph
  • Retro-reflective band should be a minimum of 50mm wide
  • Background material must be a minimum of 0.50m sq.
  • Retro-reflective material should be a minimum of 0.13msq

Class 3 

  • Designed for high traffic ares where speed limits exceed 40mph 
  • Retro-reflective band should be a minimum of 50mm wide
  • Background material must be a minimum of 0.80m sq.
  • Retro-reflective material should be a minimum of 0.20msq

 

leoworkwear002

For Kids

The Children’s hi-vis market has grown a lot in the last few years, with more and more groups opting to have a hi-vis option. From nurseries to junior sports team, a striking custom printed hi-vis garment can help not only distinguish children from other groups but also make them easy to spot for  road users and members of the public.  Leo Workwear has provided us with a great range of options for all ages. 

hivis kids

For Women 

Women’s wear in the work place has come a long way in the last few decades and HiVis is now catching up. Leo provides a great range HiVis in all safety classes with great attention to detail and ergonomic style solutions.  

hivis womens

We have a wide selection hi-vis workwear available, including coats & coveralls, jackets, polo shirts, trousers and vests, all available for personalisation with your logo or design.

If you would like a quote for personalised hi-vis clothing or would like to know more product information on Leo Work Wear email us at customer.support@clothes2order.com or call us on 0800 012 2602.