When a product is placed on the market with the main purpose of making the wearer visible in traffic, this must be standardized in Europe, and this falls under the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) category, with visibility clothing as category.
Only articles that can be attached to the body are covered by this standard.
Within the visibility clothing category, we distinguish 2 subcategories:
- High visibility clothing
- Enhanced visibility clothing
In the High Visibility Clothing category, we distinguish 1 standard: ISO EN 20471: 2013
The EN 20471 standard is for high-visibility clothing for professional use. This is used in, for example, the fire brigade, road works, dock workers, signalmen, etc.
Within this class you have 3 types: I, II and III. The higher the class, the higher the degree of protection. This mainly has to do with the surface used in fluorescent and reflective material, and is therefore linked to a certain size or an extension such as sleeves and trouser legs.
The used fluorescent and reflective fabrics must meet high standards and the design for this clothing is fixed. Only yellow, orange and red may be used as fluorescent colors.
At Wowow, the Mesh Gilet and Zippered Road Jacket is standardized according to this standard.
Standards for enhanced visibility.
In this category we distinguish the following standards: EN 13356, EN1150 and the new standard 17353.
1. SO EN 13356: 2001
This is the standard for accessories. We distinguish 3 types:
- Type I: free-hanging accessories
- Type II: removable accessories
- Type III: mountable accessories These accessories must have a minimum of reflective material.
Examples of these products are: Snap Wrap, Smart Bar, Magnetlight, Nova Jacket, Cross Belt.
2. ISO EN 1150:1999
This is the standard for clothing for non-professional use. Most Wowow jackets fall under this standard.
This standard requires the use of both fluorescent and reflective material, with a certain minimum area of both. The EN 1150 offers more design
freedom compared to the EN20471 standard. The colors fluorescent green and pink are also allowed.
3. ISO EN17353:2020
This is a new standard since October 2020 and replaces the standards EN13356 and EN1150. The certificates with the above standards remain valid
until their expiry date, stated on the certificate.
Within this standard we distinguish the following types:
- Type A: clothing that only makes the wearer visible during the day. Only fluorescent material is therefore used.
- Type B: clothing and accessories that only make the wearer visible at night. Therefore only reflective material is used.
This type is divided into 3 levels:
- Type B1: free hanging reflective accessories. These are designed to recognize the wearer’s movements.
- Type B2: this includes reflective products or reflective material that are only attached to the arms or legs, and are also intended to recognize movements. The reflective products must be detachable or the reflective material must be incorporated into the sleeves or trouser legs of the clothing.
- Type B3: this contains reflective material placed on the body or on the body and limbs. This reflective material must be firmly incorporated into the clothing and must therefore not be removable.
- Type AB: clothing that makes the wearer visible both at night and during the day. A minimum of fluorescent as well as reflective material should be used.
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