Why EN ISO 20471:2013 Certified Stab Resistant Body Armour?
Written by: Robert Kaiser
In the ever-growing sectors who demand body armour, we have found more and more frontline professionals also require high visibility workwear.
Using the right safety workwear is not only important to the wearer, but also the employer, who are required to comply with national, European or sometime international guidelines or directives. The EN ISO 20471:2013 is the standard for high visibility clothing, it is the unquestionable benchmark for anyone wishing to design or supply high visibility clothing.
PPSS Group have perhaps designed the very first and potentially only EN ISO 20471:2013 certified stab resistant body armour in the UK. This means you are no longer required to wear a hi-vis vest over your upper body garment in environments where it would be crucial.
Please note that many manufacturers provide an option, which appears to be Hi-Viz, but is not actually certified under ISO 20471 regulations!
Our fluorescent Cordura® material boosts visibility during the daylight hours, but more importantly it also increases levels of visibility during the night. This is further maximised by our highly reflective tape, which runs around the body and over the shoulders.
However, you will also be aware that all PPSS Stab Resistant Body Armour are also offering thoroughly field-tested and officially certified CAST KR1/SP1 (stab and spike) and VPAM W5 (blunt force / impact) protection. You can 100% depend on them. Subject to your operational duties, risks and threats, please chose from one of our comprehensive product list.
Key Requirements of ISO 20471:2013 High-Visibility Clothing
Although branded or personalised PPE and hi-vis clothing is a great way of promoting and distinguishing your company on site, please note you should take care when adding logos to hi-vis workwear. Areas of background or retro-reflective material that are covered by branding will ultimately be excluded from the calculation of the required minimum area.
For further information, or if you wish to discuss your body armour needs, please contact us.