The EN ISO 20471 is the first international standard for high visibility clothing. It replaces the European standard EN 471st.
But what has changed? And what does the new norm for manufacturers and distributors as well as for consumers / buyers of clothes currently manufactured according to EN 471?
This brings the new warning clothing EN ISO 20471 with itself.
With the new EN ISO 20471 requirements for high visibility clothing for use shall be first established risk-based, in 3 classes specifically designed to protect against ‘high risk’. The previous interpretation of “for professional or business use” of EN 471 is a thing of the past.
Class 3 is still the highest and Class 1 has the lowest protection level, respectively, depending on the amounts of warning agent (background material) and Reflex (retro reflective material).
IMPORTANT: For a use of high visibility clothing the lowest class 1, a combined use with clothing of the higher classes is advisable to increase the visibility.
After the EN ISO 20471, the amount of warning colored background material will be “net” determined. That is, e.g. without logos or other (also provided) imprints.
The warning agent must at high visibility clothing for higher risk levels (classes 2 and 3) for better visibility from all sides in any case, the torso wrap. Also new is that for reflective strips only the higher quality level 2 is allowed. Thus, the mention of the previous number in the new pictogram deleted.
The characteristics of the classes must now be retained even after at least 5 launderings.
Models of Warning clothing from CHILD meet the requirements of the new EN ISO 20471 already. Most models are already according to new standard officially tested and recertified. This is the proof that the CHILD models always provide optimum safety and comply with the latest technology. From childhood until now manufactured according to EN 471 high visibility clothing could be sold off and used without any restriction.
For a use of high visibility clothing in exceptional risk situations with the requirement for maximum safety KID offers the new range of high visibility clothing gemmated® SCOPE (jacket / pants) according to EN ISO 20471 to. This is characterized by a particularly striking design.
The biggest change of the EN ISO 20471 is that high visibility clothing is “risk-based” considered and evaluated. This would especially help the consumer in assessing which is the high visibility clothing for the respective application suitable. The extensive range of high visibility clothing with reflective tapes of CHILD easily meets all requirements.
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