What are the UK requirements for High Visibility Clothing?

The UK requirements for high visibility clothing and the facts

So what are the UK requirements for high visibility clothing?

Did you know that being struck by a moving vehicle is the second most common cause of death in the workplace today and accounted for 17% of all fatal injuries in 2002/3?

It is therefore essential that any high visibility garments issued to employees conform to all relevant performance standards (EN 471, European Standard for HIgh Visibility Clothing), and are worn and maintained correctly for maximum protection.

So what does this mean?

In order to comply with all UK and European legislation, you need to ensure that the high visibility garments you buy comply with the following:-

  • High Visibility clothing conforming to EN 1SO 20471 (EN471:2003), Table 1, Class 2 or 3, which must be worn at all times.
  • The colour of the background materials should normally be flourescent yellow from Table 2 of EN ISO 20471 (EN471:2003).
  • The retro-reflective materials should comply with Table 5.

What are the UK requirements for High Visibility Clothing? - give way sign

Reflective material enhances your visibility in low light situations.

This reflective material returns light to a light source – such as vehicle headlights – creating a bright image that motorists are more likely to see from a distance.

As a result, motorists and pedestrians have more time to react.

From July 1995 high visibility clothing issued in accordance with the PPE Regulations must carry a CE mark.

All relevant garments featured on our website meet this requirement.


We hope you found our article on UK requirements for high visibility clothing useful.

Do you need quality Hivis Clothing?  Then you’re in the right place.  We have a large range to choose from on our website to include hivis jackets, trousers, sweatshirts, waistcoats and coveralls.

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