Workers in yellow high vis workwear
Workers in yellow high vis workwear
Workers in yellow high vis workwear

Make yourself seen

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When worksite visibility decreases, the risk for workplace accidents increase. That’s the reason why we work so hard developing and improving our wide range of hard-working High Vis workwear. Our fluorescent colours make you easier to see at dawn, dusk, and during the day, while our reflective materials make it easier to see you in dim and dark conditions. This is all about staying visible, so you can stay safe.

Visibly compliant

Hi vis workwear is regulated by the international standard EN ISO 20471. It dictates the requirements that qualify a garment as highly visible. And those requirements are a combination of the total area of a garment and the placement of fluorescent, contrast, and reflective fabrics and materials.

The standard then categorises all of this into three classes of visibility, where Class 3 has the highest visibility, and Class 1 the lowest. As you can imagine, a lot of expertise and experience has gone into developing both these standards and the hi vis clothes you need on the job. So always make sure you wear ISO-compliant High Vis gear.

Classification of hi vis clothing

The class of hi vis clothes required at a worksite can vary from country to country, city to city, or even site to site. That’s why we’ve designed our Class 1 and Class 2 High Vis trousers and tops to be mixed and matched so they can qualify for the higher visibility of Class 3. However, calculating class isn’t just simple addition.

The rule of thumb is that Class 2 + Class 2 equals Class 3. However there’s an exception to every rule, and a hi vis trouser in a larger size may be Class 2, while the same trouser in a smaller size may only qualify as Class 1. So if you’re ever unsure while choosing your clothes, we have a systematic table that lets you follow the class designation of all of our High Vis clothing in all different sizes, and then see how they combine with each other.

Man in yellow hi vis workwear

Orange is the cold yellow

What’s the difference between fluorescent orange and fluorescent yellow? Remember, this is all about increasing visibility, and it’s usually a lot easier to spot someone wearing a neon yellow garment than one an orange one. That’s because yellow has a higher luminance, or appears brighter to the naked eye. However, in a snowy winter landscape the luminance of yellow is outdone by the higher contrast of orange – especially against a background of white. So in bright snowy weather you’ll want to dress in orange, and in most other cases yellow will do the trick.

How to wear High Vis workwear

Besides regulations and rules of thumb, there are few other things worth remembering when you’re considering hi vis garments.

  1. Always zip-up and close your jacket for maximum high visibility – and to reduce the risk chance of getting tangled up in something.

  2. The dirtier a hi vis garment becomes, the less effective it is. So keep your clothes clean, and always follow the garment’s wash and care instructions.

  3. Don’t roll up your sleeves, cuff your trouser legs, or alter the fluorescent or reflective sections of your clothes as this can negatively affect the class rating of your clothing.

Stay visible, stay safe

Being instantly seen and discovered can be a life-saver in hazardous work environments. High-visibility clothing is a vital part of personal protection when working in dim light conditions. The collection of high-vis garments offers a diverse choice of functionality and comfort.

Our High-Vis collection
Working woman wearing yellow hi vis jacket

Hard-working durability, long-lasting sustainability

The latest additions to our durable High Vis collection are made in part with bio-based Sorona® fabrics. 37% of the fibres in this fabric are made using renewable plant-based materials. Besides an increase in sustainability, Sorona® fabrics provide superb colourfastness, long-lasting elasticity, and optimal comfort.

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