Standards

STANDARDS - HIGH VISIBILITY

High Visibility Standards At RPA we have garments that have been both constructed and tested to comply with, the most appropriate International High Visibility standards, Australian and European in the case of High Visibility, the combination, representing “INTERNATIONAL BEST PRACTICE”, in our opinion. In Australia we have High Visibility Standards that relate to clothing - AS/NZS 4602:2011 High Visibility Safety Garments describes the design of garments that constitute a High Visibility Safety Garment. AS/NZS 1906.4:1997 Retroreflective materials and devices for road traffic control purposes.

Part 4: High–visibility materials for safety garments The standard specifies the photometric, colorimetric and physical property requirements for high-visibility materials for outdoor use, or retroreflective materials for use at night or in other dark conditions, or a combination of the two, to be used for the manufacture of or incorporation into, industrial safety garments designed to be worn in situations where the wearer needs to be highly visible. Acceptance of material from overseas Background material complying with EN 471 is acceptable for use in Australia and New Zealand as Class F material in all situations where colours for normal use as specified in Clause 2.3(a) and Table 2.1 are required. EN 471:1994 – Specification for High-visibility warning clothing.

The European standard, has considered water penetration for garments to be worn in foul and/or cold weather, so waterproofing is a facet of EN 471 but not an issue for AS1906.4. Where either the material or the pattern is Not To High Visibility Standards, then even if the colour is Fluorescent or otherwise, then that garment is just another pretty coloured one and should not be used by workers in a high risk situation. So in summary, unless a garment states compliance to at least one of the above mentioned Standards, even if it is very similar to one that does, there is a very large chance that the garment does not comply, as there are costs of compliance. Guidelines for RPA products compliance: Complies as stated on the label of the garment as well as within supporting documentation.


STANDARDS - SUN PROTECTION

Sun Protection Standards (UPF) Ultraviolet Protection Factor At RPA we have garments that have been both constructed and tested to comply with, the most appropriate International Sun Protection Standard: - AS/NZS 4399:1996 Sun Protective Garments – Sun Protective Clothing Evaluation and Classification. This Standard is intended to provide information to the consumer on the relative capability of textiles and articles of personal apparel to provide protection against solar ultraviolet radiation. It is applicable to all such articles for which the claim of an advantage for protection against solar ultraviolet radiation is made.

This Standard sets out requirements for determining the rated ultraviolet protection factor of sun protective textiles, garments and other items of personal apparel (such as hats) which are worn in close proximity to the skin. It also specifies appropriate detailed label requirements. It does not cover sunscreen products for topical application to the human skin, fabrics for architectural or horticultural use such as shade cloth, sunglasses or items which offer protection at a distance from the skin, such as umbrellas or shade structures. It does not cover protection from ultraviolet radiation sources other than the sun. In our opinion the minimum standard acceptable for AS/NZS4399:1996 is the Excellent category.

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