Guide to high-visibility clothing standards- Goto Workwear Ltd July 01, 2018 10:41

Guide To High Visibility Standards

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Guide to high-visibility clothing standards

High visibility clothing standards

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) refers to any clothing or equipment that protects a wearer’s body from workplace injury and infection. These range from larger protective clothing items, such as jackets, boiler suits and trousers, to footwear, helmets, gloves and visors.

High visibility clothing is a type of PPE that’s highly reflective, making it easily discernible in darkness and other low light conditions. However, high visibility garments, particularly helmets, should also be used in daylight to increase the visibility of the wearer when much of their body is obscured from view.

To provide the highest level of protection and comfort, there are several specifications to which your high visibility garments should adhere.

EN 20471 (High visibility)

EN 20471 is the European standard for high visibility clothing and deals specifically with specifications of high visibility clothing. When purchasing high visibility workwear, it’s important to remember that only yellow and orange vests are fully compliant with the EN 20471 standard. Reflective tape on high visibility garments must also be at least 50mm wide.

Garments that comply with EN 20471 are divided into 3 levels of protection, depending on the visibility level they provide.

Class 1

Class 1 defines the lowest visibility level and garments with this rating should only be used in minimal risk areas (such as off road).

An example of a Class 1 garment would be a pair of high visibility trousers with two 5cm reflective bands around each leg. However, these can become Class 3 when worn with a Class 3 jacket.

Technical specifications:

  • Minimum background material: 0.14m2
  • Minimum retro-reflective material: 0.10m2

Class 2

The Class 2 defines garments with an intermediary visibility level, with a typical example including vests. It requires that clothing has two 5cm bands of reflective tape around the body or one 5cm band around the body and braces to both shoulders.

Technical specifications:

  • Minimum background material: 0.50m2
  • Minimum retro-reflective material: 0.13m2

Class 3


The Class 3 defines the highest level of visibility. An example would be a jacket with long sleeves or a jacket and trouser suit. It requires two 5cm bands of reflective tape around the body and arms, as well as braces over both shoulders.

If your employees are working near high speed roads, then Class 3 garments must be used.

Technical specifications:

  • Minimum background material: 0.80m2
  • Minimum retro-reflective material: 0.20m2

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Arc & welding protection

EN 61482 (Arc protection)

This standard informs the wearer if the garment protects against electric arc flash.

An arc flash occurs when there is a short circuit and can potentially lead to serious injuries such as burns, blindness and damage to hearing.

EN 61482 is divided into the following classes:

  • Class 1: aims to provide protection against electric arc 4kA and arc duration of 500ms
  • Class 2: aims to provide protection against electric arc 7kA and arc duration of 500ms

Please note that it is important to choose garments that provide the minimum level of protection required against electric arc flash.

ISO 11611 (Welding protection)

ISO 11611 is used to specify the basic safety requirements for garments used when welding. Although this standard applies to most types of protective workwear, it is particularly important when considering items that cover the hands or feet. However, it does not cover requirements for hand protection.

Protective clothing with this standard is intended to protect the wearer against spatter (particularly small splashes of molten metal), short contact time with flame and radiant heat from the arc.

These garments also minimise the possibility of electrical shock by short-term and accidental contact with live electrical conductors at voltages of up to approximately 100 V dc in standard welding conditions.

The standard is split in two classes:

  • Class 1: Offers protection against less hazardous welding techniques and situations, causing lower levels of spatter and radiant heat.
  • Class 2: Offers protection against more hazardous welding techniques and situations, causing higher levels of spatter and radiant heat.

Electrostatic & flame protection

EN 1149 (Electrostatic resistant)

EN 1149 is the harmonised European standard for protective clothing to protect against the danger caused by static electricity. This standard is essential for workwear that is to be used in areas where there is a high risk of explosion.

The EN 1149 standard consists of the following:

  • EN1149-1:test methods for the measurement of surface resistance
  • EN1149-2:test methods for the measurement of the electrical resistance through a material
  • EN1149-3:test methods for the measurement of charge decay
  • EN1149-4:garment test method (this standard is currently under development)
  • EN1149-5:performance requirements

While garments that adhere to this standard work to prevent sparks, and therefore fire and explosion, it is important to note that they won’t provide protection from electric shocks. EN 1149 standard clothing must also be worn in conjunction with flame retardant clothing in order to be accepted.

EN 11612 (Flame retardant)

This is the new standard for heat and flame protective clothing, replacing EN 531. Although workwear with the EN 531 standard is still valid and safe for use, EN 11612 ensures that all minor features on the garment, such as zips and the stitching, are tested for their conformity to this standard.

Garments should be constructed from flexible materials, allowing for increased ease of movement, and protect all areas of the wearer’s body, excluding the hands.

The new standard is divided into different categories, where the letters represent which requirements the garment fulfils. Each category is subdivided into different levels depending on the level of protection.

The levels are, as follows:

  • A1, A2- Requirements for limited flame spread (A1: Surface ignition; A2: edge ignition)
  • B(1-3) - Protection against convective heat and open flames
  • C(1-4) - Protection against radiant heat
  • D(1-3) - Protection against molten aluminium splash
  • E (1-3)- Protection against molten iron splash
  • F(1-3) - Protection against contact heat

Entanglement, rain and rail

EN510 (Anti entanglement)

This standard specifies the properties of protective clothing that minimise the risk of its entanglement or drawing-in by moving parts when the wearer is working.

EN 343 (Protection against rain)

EN 343 is the harmonised European standard for garments worn in adverse weather conditions.

It specifies the characteristics of protective clothing against the influence of foul weather, wind, and cool air above -5oc. However, the two main properties are resistance to water penetration and water vapour.

The standard features two performance parameters:

Y = Breathable properties (3 levels)

This ensures that garments direct perspiration away from the skin. This helps to regulate heat and increase wearer comfort when working.

To measure, EN 343 uses (m2. Pa/W), a water vapour resistance value.

X = “Waterproofness” (3 levels)

This refers to resistance to water penetration and can be expressed in kPa or a millimetre water column.

GO/RT 3279 Railway Group Standard

The Railway Group Standard sets out the minimum specification for high visibility warning clothing in the rail industry. It mandates the minimum requirements for high visibility clothing to ensure that people are conspicuous when on the line side/trackside or on/near the line.

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Creating The Perfect Company Logo September 04, 2015 01:55



Your logo is a visual expression of everything your business
stands for.

Think about some popular companies and about how their logo embodies them.

In many instances, the first impression of your business is formed when a customer sees your logo.

A popular logo can help to build loyalty and trust between your customer and your business and can help to strengthen you brand identity.

Having a company logo gives you a professional image.

A great logo will have a simple message which is clear and relevant to the brand it represents.

It reflects the personality of your company, is memorable and versatile and It communicates what you want to say in the best possible way.


Logo Types

There are several types of logo design to choose from depending upon your budget and marketing strategy.

Font-based logos consist of written text usually with a unique font that helps them to stand out against the competition and is hard to copy, typical examples of companies using this method are Cadburys, IBM, Coca-Cola and Sony.

Illustrative logos consist of imagery to help illustrate what the business does such as a hammer and nail for builders.

Abstract logos these are logos that don’t represent any kind of service such as the Nike swoosh, this type of logo relies heavily on marketing and takes a long time in order for it to become indicative of a brand.

As a startup or growing business it is recommended that you use elements of font based and illustrative designs together as opposed to abstract logos, this is because it takes far more time and money to create a brand identity that connects to its customers using an abstract image.

Some top marketing experts believe people should be able to tell what your business does by looking at your logo.

At our logo is constructed using illustrative and font based design,     


Where to start

Before we create our logo, we should start by deciding what message we want our logo to convey. Write your message down and stay true to it, whilst creating the logo.

Research other companies for inspiration, think about how you want to be viewed in relation to your competitors. What makes you unique? Are you a light hearted company or serious? What does your target market want to see when they approach a company of your type?

Make your logo simple and functional, easy to scale and easy to reproduce in different colours, such as black and white for fax messages. Avoid using photographs over simple vector-based art as they don’t scale very well, and don’t use clip art as it’s too easy to copy.

Your business name will affect the font used in the text, if it’s a jewellery business you might want to use a classy looking slim clean font, whereas for a utility company selling electricity you may wish to convey this using a less standard font with elements of and lightning bolt incorporated into the text.

Think about the different formats available for displaying your logo when marketing your company, such as tshirts, business cards, stationery, letterheads, brochures, adverts, flyers, your Web site and any other places where you mention your company name. This will help to build your image across many formats giving you more options when it comes to raising your company profile.

While coming up with logo ideas by yourself is an important step in creating your business identity, trying to create a logo completely alone could be a mistake. You should search for a professional designer, and try to ensure that they have experience in your field.

We recommend who can offer a fully bespoke logo design service at very reasonable prices

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A Guide To PPE - Keeping Your Employees Protected August 19, 2015 11:30

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PPE is equipment that will protect the user against health or safety risks at work. It
can include items such as safety helmets and hard hats, gloves, eye protection,
high-visibility clothing, safety footwear and safety harnesses.


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What do the Regulations require?

PPE should be used as a last resort. Wherever there are risks to health and safety
that cannot be adequately controlled in other ways, the Personal Protective
Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 require PPE to be supplied.
The Regulations also require that PPE is:

  •  properly assessed before use to make sure it is fit for purpose;
  • maintained and stored properly;
  • provided with instructions on how to use it safely;
  •  used correctly by employees.


Assessing suitable PPE

To make sure the right type of PPE is chosen, consider the different hazards in the
workplace and identify the PPE that will provide adequate protection against them;
this may be different for each job.

Ask your supplier for advice on the types of PPE available and their suitability for
different tasks. In some cases, you may need to get advice from specialists or from
the PPE manufacturer.
Another useful source of information is the British Safety Industry Federation (www.

Consider the following when assessing suitability:

  • Does the PPE protect the wearer from the risks and take account of the environmental conditions where the task is taking place? For example eye protection designed to protect against agricultural pesticides may not offer adequate protection when using an angle grinder to cut steel or stone.
  • Does using PPE increase the overall level of risk or add new risks, eg by making communication more difficult?
  • Can it be adjusted to fit the wearer correctly?
  • What are the needs of the job and the demands it places on the wearer? For

example, the length of time the PPE needs to be worn, the physical effort
required to do the job or the requirements for visibility and communication.
If someone wears more than one item of PPE, are they compatible? For
example does using a respirator make it difficult to fit eye protection properly?

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Selection and use

When selecting PPE:

  • choose good quality products which are CE marked in accordance with thePersonal Protective Equipment Regulations 2002 – suppliers can advise you;
  • choose equipment that suits the wearer – consider the size, fit and weight; you may need to consider the health of the wearer, eg if equipment is very heavy, or wearers have pre-existing health issues, standard PPE may not be suitable;
  • let users help choose it, they will be more likely to use it.

Using and distributing PPE to your employers:

  • instruct and train people how to use it;
  •  tell them why it is needed, when to use it and what its limitations are;
  • never allow exemptions for those jobs that ‘only take a few minutes’;
  • if something changes on the job, check the PPE is still appropriate – speak withyour supplier, explaining the job to them
  • if in doubt, seek further advice from a specialist adviser.

For Further information please read the following HSE Guide on PPE...

 Click Here To Read The Full HSE Guide

Here at GoTo Workwear Limited we provide an extensive range of PPE and high visibility wear, Contact us today for a free  no obligation quote.

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Choosing the correct staff uniform June 16, 2015 01:00



Choosing the correct company uniform can have a positive effect on your company and your whole team, it can cause employees to focus on the task at hand, act in a professional manner, and feel like part of your team, which in turn can lead to increased productivity.

It can also be one on the most effective and inexpensive ways to advertise your company to the outside world.

When we dress casually at work it’s hard for us to differentiate between our home selves and our work selves.

Providing uniforms creates a line in the sand between our home life and our work life, this allows us to focus on work when we are dressed for work, and switch off in our home lives when we replace work-wear with casual wear.

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For example, when we dress in sportswear for the gym, we adopt a different behavior or train of thought, we are mentally preparing ourselves for the task at hand. Clothing is a part of that preparation.

Clothing causes us to act in a different way, and expect to act in a different way.

Creating a focused team has an impact on how they perform and how they expect to work.

Creating focus in the workplace can benefit everyone in various ways, from productivity to health and safety.


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A huge factor when selecting a company uniform, will normally be the company’s desired image, and although a uniform can draw such a strong line, its doesn’t have to feel rigid and regimented.

Employees can be given a choice between several styles that all fit in with the company's image, but still allows them a range of expression and comfort.

At Gotoworkwear ltd, we are passionate about creating the perfect package of corporate wear, work wear or team wear for your company.