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High visibility apparel: providing protection, safety, comfort and style

High visibility apparel: providing protection, safety, comfort and style

High visibility apparel plays a critical role in making the jobs of those who work in hazardous environments safer. Indeed, high visibility apparel is a key category of the industrial protective clothing market—a sector which is expected to achieve significant growth between 2016 and 2021 as safety awareness increases and industrialisation proceeds in developing countries. High visibility apparel is also being used increasingly to minimise risks by members of the public who use the roads—including vehicle drivers and cyclists. Wearers of safety apparel are able to choose from a variety of high visibility garments, including those which incorporate fluorescent materials and/or retroreflective materials. Additionally, advances in wearable technology have facilitated the development of garments which incorporate light emitting diodes (LEDs). Furthermore, while safety is considered to be of the highest importance in the design of high visibility protective apparel, style and comfort are also key. Indeed, several high visibility garments are designed so that they facilitate performance properties such as moisture wicking, or are styled in a way which is similar to conventional casual apparel. However, the use of high visibility materials is by no means restricted to safety apparel as retroreflective materials are being used increasingly to add attractive design details to casual apparel. This report provides a wealth of information on high visibility apparel, including the types of high visibility material used in the design and construction of causal apparel. The report also features information on: the development and application of high visibility materials; the latest developments in high visibility products; regulations and standards relating to high visibility apparel; and the outlook for the high visibility apparel market.


  • SUMMARY
  • INTRODUCTION
  • MARKETS FOR HIGH VISIBILITY APPAREL
    • Growth and size of the market for high visibility apparel
    • Growth and size of the market for industrial protective apparel
    • Factors affecting market growth
  • DEVELOPMENT OF HIGH VISIBILITY MATERIALS
    • Development of fluorescent fabrics
    • Development of retroreflective materials
  • THE NEED FOR HIGH VISIBILITY APPAREL
    • Occupational safety
      • Table USA: number of fatal workplace injuries, 2003-15
      • Table Relationship between stopping sight distance and driving speed
    • Personal safety
    • Risks to personal safety faced by pedestrians
    • Risks to personal safety faced by motorcyclists
    • Risks to personal safety faced by cyclists
    • Risks to personal safety faced by participants in sports and recreation
  • DRAWBACKS OF HIGH VISIBILITY APPAREL
  • VISIBILITY AND CONSPICUITY
    • Colour
    • Fluorescence
    • Retroreflection
  • HIGH VISIBILITY MATERIALS USED IN APPAREL
    • Fluorescent materials
    • Retroreflective materials
    • Glass bead technology
    • Microprismatic technology
    • Light emitting diodes
  • DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF HIGH VISIBILITY APPAREL
    • Designing safety apparel
    • Design of high visibility personal protective equipment (PPE)
    • Designing athleisure and general outdoor apparel
    • Making the best use of retroreflective materials
    • Brightness
    • Area
    • Placement
    • Size
    • Biomotion
    • Assessing the overall visibility of a garment incorporating retroreflective materials
  • USE AND MAINTENANCE OF HIGH VISIBILITY APPAREL
  • APPLICATIONS OF HIGH VISIBILITY MATERIALS
    • Industrial protective apparel
    • Promotional apparel
    • Corporate apparel
    • Athleisure apparel, sportswear and recreational wear
    • Casualwear, children's wear and fashion wear
    • Casualwear and children's wear
    • Fashion wear
  • LEGISLATION AND STANDARDS RELATING TO HIGH VISIBILITY APPAREL
    • Legislation governing the use of high visibility apparel for occupational purposes
    • Non-compliance with safety regulations
    • Legislation governing the use of high visibility apparel for non-occupational purposes
    • Standards for high visibility apparel
      • Table Standards for high visibility apparel
    • EN ISO 20471:2013
      • Table Requirements of EU standard EN ISO 20471:2013 by level of conspicuity
    • ANSI/ISEA 107-2015
      • Table ANSI/ISEA 107-2015: fabric and reflective requirements by garment type and performance class
  • INNOVATIONS IN HIGH VISIBILITY MATERIALS
    • Retroreflective sewing threads
      • American & Efird (A&E): Anefil Reflector
    • Coats: Coats Signal sewing thread
    • Reflective materials
      • 3M: 3M Scotchlite
    • Orafol: Oralite
      • Table Orafol: Oralite glass bead retroreflective tapes, March 2017
      • Table Orafol: Oralite microprismatic retroreflective tapes, March 2017
      • Table Orafol: Oralite retroreflective tapes for firefighters' apparel, March 2017
    • Regine IQtrim: IQperform and IQseen
    • Safe Reflections: Brilliant Color Reflective, Eclipse and Airex Segmented retroreflective technologies
    • Viz Reflectives: VizLite Dual Technology
    • High visibility fabrics
      • Argar Technology: HVis-Tes, HVis-Tes 2.0, HVis-Tes esd, Noflam-HV and Tes-fir ESD-HV
        • Table Argar Technology: high visibility fabrics, March 2017
    • DuPont: Nomex ProVis
    • Glen Raven: GlenGuard Hi-Vis
    • TenCate Protective Fabrics: TenCate Tecasafe Plus
    • Teijin Limited: high visibility fabric made from aramid fibre
  • INNOVATIONS IN HIGH VISIBILITY PRODUCTS
    • Bulwark: iQ Series Comfort Knit ANSI Hi-Visibility Long Sleeve Henley shirt
    • Fhoss Technology: FiSalus Safety Trousers
    • Lumo: Herne Hill Harrington Jacket
    • National Safety Apparel (NSA): Class 2 Hi-Vis FR Control 2.0 Base Layer Tee
    • Ongrade and Visijax: illuminating high visibility jackets
    • Snickers Workwear: 1973 High-Vis Waterproof Jacket, Class 3
    • Sympatex: Sympatex Lighting System
    • Visijax: Commuter Jacket
  • OUTLOOK

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