REFLECTIVE MATERIALS, REFLECTIVE TAPES, HIGH VISIBILITY CLOTHING – STANDARDS

Knowledge of safety standards for High Visibility clothing is an imperative for all companies working in PPE field. Here you can find most used international standards relating to HiViz apparel (EN 20471, ANSI 107 etc.) and also norms for flame resistant reflective materials, such as EN469 and NFPA 2112.

Heat & Flame Retardancy

High Visibility

European StandardsEuropean standards:
European StandardsEuropean standards:
EN 469EN 20471 (ex. EN 471)
USA standardsUSA standards:USA standardsUSA standards:
NFPA 2112ANSI/ISEA 107–2010 (ex. ANSI/ISEA 107-2004)
 ASTM E810 – 03(2013)
Canadian Standards:Canadian Standards:
CGSB-155.20-2000CAN/CSA-Z96-09
CGSB-155.22-97 

 

MAINTENANCE AND WASHING

It is imperative that the fireproof clothing is properly maintained to protect the lifespan of the garment and to keep workers safe. Inherently flame retardant fabrics can not be compromised during washing. In the case of fireproof clothing, washing with chlorine bleach may remove the flame retardant properties. In addition, treated fabrics may lose flame resistance if they are washed with the combination of hydrogen peroxide and hard water or if they are exposed to oxidants such as hydrogen peroxide, sulfuric acid and chlorine-containing substances.
Inherently flammable and fireproof clothing requires separate washing from traditional fabrics and the use of approved washing formulations for flame retardant clothing. If proper precautions are taken during washing, domestic washing of fire-resistant items may be certain.

Standards for different types of textile care

Reference washing and drying procedures for testing textiles

Care label Symbols

European StandardsEuropean standards:European StandardsEuropean standards:European StandardsEuropean standards:
Domestic washingISO 6330ISO 3758
Dry cleaning (+”wet” cleaning)ISO 3175ISO 30023
Industrial LaundryISO 15797 
USA standards:USA standards:USA standards:
Domestic washingASTM F2757 – 09ASTM D5489
Dry cleaning (+”wet” cleaning)  
Industrial LaundryASTM F1449 
Chinese standards:Chinese standards:Сhinese standards:
Domestic washingGB/T 8629-2001GB/T 8685-2008
Dry cleaning (+”wet” cleaning)  
Industrial Laundry  
Australian standards:Australian standards:Australian standards:
  AS/NZS 1957:1998
AS/NZS 2621

TIPS FOR THE HOME CLEANING OF PROTECTIVE VESSELS

  • Wash the fireproof clothing separately from household laundry to avoid the transfer of contaminants or non-flammable fibers to the fireproof clothing item. This form of hydrocarbon loading may lower the protection value of the garment. At present, documented government studies are not available, but an internal anecdotal research of a company is frequently cited, which states that protection is reduced by about 3% when fireproof clothing is washed with non-fireproof cotton.
  • Use hot water and any liquid detergent or dry detergent that does not contain bleach.
  • Dry the garment to medium or low heat.
  • Wash clothing when visibly contaminated with lubricant, oil, hydraulic fluid, petroleum product, paint or chemicals.

Follow the washing manufacturer’s instructions printed on the garment label.