Updated: Mar 16, 2020
This standard explains the use of hi-visibility fabrics and retroreflective materials. It specifies the chromaticity levels to which fabrics need to be dyed in terms of performance and atmospheric pressures in order to comply with safety standards. Natural fibre garments have a lower chromaticity level due to the nature of the fabric.
Class F = Daytime fluorescent
Class R = Retroreflective material
Class RF = Retroreflective and fluorescent
Class NF = High daytime visibility NON Fluorescent
This standard refers to how a garment is constructed using fabrics compliant to 1906.4 above. There should be no less than 0.2m2 of unbroken hi visibility fabric on both the front and back of any garment that covers the upper torso. High visibility fabric must not be broken with non compliant fabric within the 0.2m2 area from the top of the shoulders to the waist, so no full side panels up to armpit level are permitted. This standard also explains the position of the retro reflective tapes on the garment, the width and quantity used. These tapes should not detract from the 0.2m2 measurement required.
Class D = Daytime use
Class N = Night time use using retroreflective material
Class D/N = Day/night use
This standard refers to the capability of a fabric to protect skin against solar ultraviolet radiation (known as UPF = ultraviolet protection factor). This standard is an additional bonus to the garment rather than an essential requirement for hi-visibility standards but often specified from specific industry users.
Embroidery On Hi-Visibility Safety Garments
Excessively large logos may jeopardise the classification of the garment. Embroidery on wet weather jackets may also impair the water resistant properties of the garment. There are printing alternatives that do not impact the water resistance. Ask us for more information.
SHOULDER CONFIGURATION Compliant area of high-vis material Compliant levels of fluoro chromaticity Unbroken 3M retroreflective tape in belt and brace configuration
HOOPED CONFIGURATION Compliant area of high-vis material Compliant levels of fluoro chromaticity Unbroken 3M retroreflective tape in hooped configuration