EUROPEAN ​​​​​​​HIGH VISIBILITY STANDARD

High-visibility garments are certified according to EN ISO 20471 and make the user visible to the environment in daylight, darkness and in bad weather.

High-visibility clothing has a fluorescent surface and reflectors that meet requirements according to three different classes depending on how visible they are. Class 3 is the highest safety class. The certified class can be achieved with a single garment or a garment combination*. A class 3 garment shall cover the torso and shall have either sleeve with reflectors or full-length trouser legs with reflectors. 

*in Europe it is acceptable to combine EN ISO 20471 Class 1 Trousers with EN ISO 20471 Class 2 jacket/Top to create an ensemble that equals EN ISO 20471 Class 3, HOWEVER this method is not acceptable for UK highways – the torso protection MUST confirm to EN ISO 20471 Class 3 as a standalone garment. 

Minimum m² to obtain approval according to EN ISO 20471

Material         

Class 3

Class 2

Class 1

Fluorescent     

0.8     

0.5     

0.14

Reflective         

0.2    

0.13     

0.1