Australian Standards for High Visibility Garments

High Visibility (Hi Vis) clothing is any clothing worn that has highly reflective properties or a colour that is easily distinguishable from any background.

High Vis Workwear or Occupational wearers of clothing with high visibility features include railway and highway workers, mines, tradies, airport workers or other places where workers are near moving vehicles or in dark areas.


Day/Night High Visibility clothing must comply with Australian standards:

Day (Class D) USE ONLY

AS/NZS 4602:1999

UV Protection

AS/NZS 4399:1996

Day and Night (D/N) USE

AS/NZS 4602:1:2011


The purpose of High vis work-wear is to protect you at a work environment by especially in the outdoor conditions where you may be working at a construction, mining or road work.

According to Safe Work Australia, it is highly important for workers to follow the work safety rules and wear the personal protective equipment including high visibility clothing.

Even though high vis work-wear and protective equipment are important, it is suggested that a worker must follow all the safety guidelines to maintain the safety at workplace.

AS/NZ 4602.1:2011 specifies the visual requirements for high-visibility safety garments and covers garments suitable for daytime and night-time wear.

‘Class D’ garments are only effective during daylight hours.

For night/dusk/dawn use ‘Class N’ garments are required. There is plenty more information provided by the worksafe Victoria government on High-visibility clothing near traffic.

The Australian Standard also has requirements for colours – for ‘normal’ conditions, colours are either red-orange or yellow. Where there is need for a clear distinction in certain industries or situations, then it refers to a distinction between the red and orange.

The main thing to check when purchasing any high visibility clothing, is that it complies with the Australian Standards, AND that the clothing is appropriate according to WHEN it is being used.

After purchase, the employer and worker both need to ensure that the garments are used safely.


CARE of Garments
See the label at the neck area of the garment for care instructions

Garments should be stored / washed in such a way as to limit fading of fluorescent material

Cheap detergents generally will fade your garments quicker

Clothes Line – best to turn the garment inside out and remove promptly when dried

Garments should be kept clean by washing or cleaning in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions

Garments should be inspected on regular basis and replaced if they are badly damaged, soiled or faded


In constant daytime use, fluorescent garments should be critically examined at 3 to 6 month intervals for

fading, excessive staining and wear and tear


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