Guide to workwear icons

Published by Direct Admin on 07 February 2017

Icons explained

The following icons are designed to give you a quick overview of a garment’s benefits and features, enabling you to make the best decision when choosing between workwear options. Here’s what they mean.

EN20471-1-(1).jpgEN20471 Hi Visibility

A European standard for high-visibility clothing. It deals specifically with high-visibility specifications.

There are three levels of protection:

Class 1

Class 1 defines the lowest visibility level. An example includes high-visibility trousers with two 5cm reflective bands around each leg. These become class 3 when worn with a class 3 jacket.

Class 2

The lass 2 defines an intermediary visibility level. An example includes vests. It requires two 5 cm bands of reflective around body or on one 5cm band around body and braces to both shoulders.

Class 3

The class 3 defines the highest level of visibility. An example includes a jacket with long sleeves or a jacket and trouser suit. It requires two 5cm bands of reflective tape around the body, arms and braces over both shoulders.

EN61482 Arc protection

This standard informs you if the garment protects against electric arc and is divided into the following classes:
Class 1: Protection against electric arc 4kA
Class 2: Protection against electric arc 7kA

EN510 Anti entanglement

This standard specifies the properties of protective clothing that minimise the risk of its entanglement or drawing-in by moving parts when the wearer is working.


EN11612 Flame retardant

This standard is divided into different categories, where the code letters say which heat and flame requirements the garment fulfil. Each category is subdivided into different levels depending on how good the protection is.

  • A1, A2 - Requirements for limited flame spread;
    A1: Surface ignition A2: edge ignition
  • B (1-3) - Protection against convective heat and open flames
  • C (1-4) - Protection against radiant heat
  • D (1-3) - Protection against molten aluminium splash
  • E (1-3) - Protection against molten iron splash
  • F (1-3) - Protection against contact heat

EN11611 Welding protection

This type of protective clothing is intended to protect the wearer against spatter (small splashes of molten metal), short contact time with flame and radiant heat from the arc. It also minimises the possibility of electrical shock by short-term and accidental contact with live electrical conductors at voltages of up to approximately 100 V d.c in normal conditions of welding.

The standard is split in two classes:
Class 1: Offers protection against less hazardous welding techniques and situations, causing lower levels of spatter and radiant heat
Class 2: Offers protection against more hazardous welding techniques and situations, causing higher levels of spatter and radiant heat

EN1149 Electrostatic resistant

EN 1149 is the harmonised European standard for protective clothing to protect against the danger caused by static electricity.


EN343 Protection against rain

EN 343 is the harmonised European standard that applies to garments worn in adverse weather conditions. It specifies the characteristics of protective clothing against the influence of foul weather, wind and cool air above -5oc.

The standard provides for two performance parameters:
Y = Breathable properties (3 levels)
X = “Waterproofness” (3 levels)

GO/RT 3279 Railway Group Standard

Railway Group Standard sets out the minimum specification for high visibility warning clothing in the rail industry. GO/RT 3279 mandates the minimum requirements for high visibility clothing to ensure people are conspicuous when on the line side/trackside or on or near the line.

PHS laundry suitable

All garments are designed for commercial laundry processing from PHS.


The Shield 360

Shield 360 Manufacture and supply the majority of the workwear ranges from PHS. By using a combination of patented, cutting edge fabric technology and strong garment manufacturing skills, customers are provided with innovative, high quality garments.


GORE-TEX® is engineered to keep workers dry and comfortable in the most challenging weather conditions. Since the delivery of the first garments made with GORE-TEX® fabric in 1976, GORE have continued to improve and evolve to keep in step with the changing needs of customers while maintaining the core benefits of this fabric- its waterproof, windproof and breathable protection.

by Direct Admin