HIGH VISIBILITY GUIDE
KingGee high visibility workwear meets or exceeds Australian and New Zealand Standards AS/NZS 4602.1:2011. According to the Australian Standards, materials classified as high visibility for daytime use must be manufactured from a durable fabric of woven or knitted cotton or equivalent man-made fibre that contains a fluorescent pigment or other high visibility dye, or to which a fluorescent plastic coating has been applied. These materials are subjected to the following tests and must meet or exceed specified minimum requirements for:
- Daylight colour and luminance factor
- Colour fastness to light
- Colour fastness to washing
- Colour fastness to perspiration
- Colour retention testing
In some cases, for safety reasons, a garment must be made from a natural fibre incapable of retaining a fluorescent colour. In these instances, the material is tested for luminance for non-fluorescent materials. Alternatively, man-made fibres are generally capable of retaining a fluorescent colour and are therefore tested for luminance for fluorescent materials. The fabrics used in the manufacture of KingGee high visibility workwear are tested and must meet or exceed specified minimum requirements for:
- Luminance for fluorescent materials
- Luminance for non-fluorescent materials
Things to know about high visibility standards:
- Class D means the garments meets AS/NZS 4602.1:2011 for daytime use only.
- Class N means the garments meets AS/NZS 4602.1:2011 for night time use only.
- Class D/N means the garments meets AS/NZS 4602.1:2011 for day or night time use.
- Bottoms (pants and shorts) are not part of the high visibility standards and therefore do not comply with AS/NZS 4602.1:2011.
IMPORTANT: LIMITATIONS OF USE. Under no circumstances should Class D garments be worn for visibility purposes at night. Any markings, attachments, screen prints or other alterations, accessories or coverings not incorporated into the original product may not only void the garment compliance with the appropriate standard, they may also put the user at risk by reducing the high visibility performance of the garment. The high visibility properties offered by KingGee high visibility may be lessened due to normal wear over time or if the fabric is stretched. KingGee high visibility garments using natural fibres have been tested and comply to Australian Standards AS/NZS 4602.1:2011 in dry conditions. Wet conditions may alter the compliance of these fabrics to the standard and appropriate care should be taken.