Since 30.09.2013, personal protective equipment (PPE) with high visibility has been required to comply with the EN ISO 20471 standard, which is aimed at international standardisation and improved identifiability. In contrast to its predecessor, EN 471, only Class 2 reflecting bands are still retained. The different visibility classes are determined by a minimum surface area of certain materials:  

Class Fluorescent surface Retro-reflecting surface
1 0,14 m² 0,10 m²
2 0,50 m² 0,13 m²
3 0,80 m² 0,20 m²

The above values concern the minimum surface areas for fluorescent (yellow or orange) and retro-reflecting (grey) materials that must be present on garments to ensure sufficient visibility of the wearer. Obviously, the required visibility and identifiability can no longer be guaranteed if these garments are contaminated and/or damaged. Furthermore, it is important that the wearer can count on the visibility of his or her garment during work on, for example, public highways.

In cooperation with a number of suppliers of these HiVis garments and CENTEXBEL, DECONTEX has developed a procedure in which these garments can be quickly and adequately cleaned, repaired and certified according to EN ISO 20471. And this takes place in an entirely environmentally-friendly way, without damaging the garments.

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