Making sure high visibility safety garments meet the standard

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High visibility clothing plays a vital role, but unless the clothing used is suitable for the conditions, the protection it provides may not be adequate.

The best way to ensure workers can be clearly seen is to check that all high visibility gear complies with safety standard AS/ NZS 4602.1:2011.

What is the standard?

AS/NZS 4602.1:2011 High visibility safety garments, Part 1: Garments for High Risk Applications sets out the requirements for selecting and using high visibility clothing to ensure visibility in high-risk work environments.

There are three different classes of high visibility garment, depending on whether they are intended for use during the day, at night, or both. The classes are:

What are the key design requirements?

Where can company logos be applied?

A logo can be applied anywhere on the garment as long as the florescent area on the smallest-sized garment can still meet 0.2sq m on the front torso and 0.2sq m on the back torso. Logos cannot be embellished over any reflective tape.

www.standards.co.nz. There is a charge of $99 to download or $110 for a printed copy.