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Alert24 - Safeguard Update

Let's get visible

Let's get visible
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New Zealand

High visibility clothing is in for a redesign in the wake of a new Australia and New Zealand Standard that calls for garments used in high-risk situations to have an unbroken area of fluorescent fabric across the torso.

While the total area of fluorescent fabric required - 0.4m² - is the same as in the previous Standard, garments seeking approval under AS/NZS 4602.1:2011 High visibility safety garments Part 1: Garments for high risk Applications, will not be able to have any non-fluorescent fabrics or design features cutting across this panel.

Instead compliant fabric must be used right around the chest area, covering an area of 0.2 m² at both front and back when measured from shoulder to waist.

The new Standard also recommends the use of extra reflective tape on high visibility gear, citing recent research which found that reflective bands at the wrist, elbow, knee and ankle made it much easier for approaching drivers to spot the people on a site where there were also reflective surfaces on road cones and signs.

The new Standard is intended to cater for work situations where visibility is a critical safety issue, usually because of the presence of moving vehicles or machinery. Another new part may later be added to the Standard to allow more design flexibility for garments that are used in less hazardous situations.

Garments that conform to the previous standard will still be able to be sold until August 17 next year, and will be deemed to be compliant for their working life.

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