PPE FAQ: High-vis clothing from the JSP Knowledge Base:
I have seen lots of different arrangements of reflective bands on hi-vis clothing. Is there a correct type?
The standard, EN471, has a requirement for a certain amount of reflective material and a certain amount of background material and a minimum width of bands for the reflective. The design that you can have is therefore very varied. If you are working on the highway then you need either class 2 or 3 if working on dual carriageways.
How can I tell the difference between EN471 Class 2 and 3 clothing?
The simple way is the amount of bands of reflective material that the garment has, in general waist coats will be Class 2 and jackets with sleeves that have bands on will be Class 3.
What level of reflective clothing do I need to go onto a building site?
As the Department of Transport require Class 3 on dual carriageways and motorways and Class 2 on other roads, it seem reasonable to assume that a hi-vis vest, waistcoat or t-shirt would be okay. However you will need to check what the regulations are that the site owner has put in place.
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