Hi vis clothing – new requirements to being seen in work clothes

Wenaas hi vis workwear – safety and visibility

Wenaas hi vis clothing has been specially developed for professional users working in environments where visibility is crucial to safety. Wenaas was one of the first clothing makers to introduce fluorescent materials for hi vis workwear, and has long been developing functional work clothes and protective equipment solutions that provide the necessary protection and visibility – without it affecting either comfort or fit. All garments in our hi vis workwear collection are naturally certified in accordance with the latest EN standards.

Norwegian conditions make high demands on visibility – resulting in Wenaas hi vis workwear

Wenaas hi vis clothing is developed in Norway – on the basis of Norwegian needs and for Norwegian working conditions. We have developed our new line of hi vis workwear in partnership with people who work in the building and construction sector. This approach, combined with our own experience and skill, helped us succeed in developing hi vis clothing featuring ergonomic solutions and material choices that ensure the clothes are hard-wearing, comfortable and has an excellent fit.

Benefits of hi-visibility clothing from Wenaas

  • Capacity always to achieve class 3 – by choosing jointly certified garments, you can put together a product mix of hi vis workwear that suits your own preferences, while remaining confident that you are clearly visible to your colleagues.
  • Consideration has been given to how large a logo surface you can use on all garments without affecting the certification class of the item in question.
  • Hi vis trousers are delivered in standard lengths, with the option to extend the length by removing the blue seam at the bottom end of the legs. If you prefer a shorter leg length, please state this when ordering. A simple size system and unique item numbers make it easy to find your size.
  • The hi vis trousers feature wedge-shaped reinforcement at the groin, which improves both durability and comfort. The sleeve design prevents the top riding up when you are working with your arms raised, while the rib-knit cuffs with thumb grips stop dirt and dust entering the sleeves.
  • ​​​​​​​The hi vis clothing are Øko-Tex® labelled, which is your guarantee that no allergenic or carcinogenic colourants were used in the production. Cordura fabric (240 g/m2) in hard-wearing areas helps increase the lifetime of the garment. Selected models of our hi vis workwear feature elastic reflectors for increased comfort.

Example hi vis jacket from Wenaas – focus on safety, comfort and fit

Hi Vis Jacket

HI VIS JACKET POWERFLEECE,  Item No.: 0-35595-21705-3210

  • EN ISO 20471 high visibility warning clothing – certified protective hi vis jacket.
  • Power Fleece quality. A flat knitted surface makes it more resistant to dirt than traditional fleece.
  • Zip at front.
  • Reflective tape on shoulders, around waist and sleeves.
  • Two slanted front pockets in black.  
  • Chest pocket with zipper and ID pocket.
  • Sleeves with black bars on the inside of the wrist, thumb grip at the bottom.
  • Extended backpiece, with field in black.

EN ISO 20471 – Hi vis workwear

The standard specifies requirements and testing methods for hi vis workwear, the purpose of which is to make the wearer visible in all high-risk situations, regardless of light conditions.

Design requirements

The standard requires all hi vis workwear to be designed in a uniform manner. Thisincludes the positioning of reflective and fluorescent materials. The requirements applicable depend on what parts of the body the garment should cover (torso only, torso and arms, torso and legs, legs only, or torso, arms and legs). Reflective and fluorescent materials must be distributed equally on the front and rear of the garment, with a max. deviation of 10%.

Textile requirements

The fluorescent properties of fluorescent textiles used for hi vis workwear must be retained after a given number of wash cycles. For textiles in contrasting colours, there is a requirement for colour fastness. The reflective properties of reflective textiles used for hi vis clothing must be retained after washing.

Minimum area of fluorescent textiles and reflective materials per hi vis workwear garment, in m2.

Textile hi vis clothing category 1

Fluorescent materials 0.14
Reflective materials 0.10

Textile hi vis clothing category 2

Fluorescent materials 0.50
Reflective materials 0.13

Textile hi vis clothing category 3

Fluorescent materials 0.80
Reflective materials    0.20


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