Workers faced with high risk jobs where they need to be seen will find an investment in good quality high visibility jackets and trousers is an essential part of their working attire. From paramedics to roadside recovery mechanics, there are many diverse industries which benefit from high perceptibility for safety and to ensure the clothing does the job well it is important to choose the best quality available.
For hi vis jackets and trousers many products use fluorescent material, usually in yellow or orange with retro reflective white banding around the waist and shoulders on jackets and on the thighs or calves of trousers. The basic material for high visibility clothing is available in flame retardant textile, making it suitable for fire fighters, security personnel and other high risk professions. Even at the budget end of the range the high vis jackets and trousers are waterproof, giving the wearer adequate protection from the elements to enable them to carry out their duties in all conditions.
Many of the high visibility trousers and jackets available conform to EN471, the European standard for high visibility workwear and are standardised through three classes dependant on the visibility achieved by the garment. Class one is the lowest level of visibility and is the most common classification for trousers with reflective banding around the legs, although these become class 3 if teamed with a high visibility jacket. Class two is intermediate visibility and usually applies to vests and class 3 is the highest level of visibility, applicable to jackets with reflective strips around the waist, arms and braces or a jacket teamed with hi vis trousers.