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ASTM Workshop on Smart Textile Applications

Atlanta, Geogia, USA, February 1, 2012, Speaker: Tom King

High Visibility Clothing Standard is needed for both active wear and occupational clothing. The ultimate purpose of establishing the standard is to maximize the protection of human life. High visibility retroreflective safety clothing needs to be specified and observed by vehicle operators at Critical Detection Distance instead of at the maximum distance.  Regarding to measuring the photometric performance of the reflective materials, the Entrance Angles and Observation Angles selected should be practical, enforceable, and represent real world situations.  In designing high visibility safety clothing the requirements of the retro-reflectivity should be in balance with other important elements of clothing such as comfort and fashion.  Levels of retroreflectivity is established by vision from a broad spectrum of sizes of vehicles. Also, the Classes is established by categorized considering various users’ activities. The existing high visibility standard for work wear, ANSI/ISEA 107, 207, does not cover the above requirements. With a proper standard and testing certification, the users can choose the adequate high visibility safety clothing and obtain the expected safety protection.

AATCC’s Performance & Outerwear: Optimizing throug

Long Beach, California, USA, December 8, 2011, Speaker: Tom King

The International High Visibility Clothing Association (IHVCA) found numerous flaws with the prevailing EN471:2003, ANSI/ISEA 107,207, and ISO DIS 20471 standards. Published science and theory proves that the current specifications fail to show a consistency with the required minimum coefficient of retroreflection (RA) for Entrance Angles and Observation Angles in relation to the Critical Detection Distance. In above standards, more stress is focused on the need for reflective tapes than the safety and wellbeing of the end user.

A presentation of alternative design of high visibility clothing will be given in AATCC symposium held at Los Angles, California on December 7-9, 2011. IHVCA high visibility clothing standard and test method will be introduced; and your comments and suggestions are welcomed.

Be Safe and Be Seen

Be Safe and Be Seen

Sentinel-Review, Woodstock, Ontario, Canada


December 14, 2010

WOODSTOCK-- The Oxford County Injury Prevention team is asking people to increase their visibility while out walking on these dark December evenings.

The team is reminding pedestrians to "Be Safe and Be Seen" this winter by wearing reflective clothing.

"We are really pleased to see so many people are out on their bikes and out walking. We just want everyone to do it as safely as we can," said Lorna Boratto, chair of the Oxford County Injury Prevention Team.

But she said drivers may only see a twitch of movement to alert them that someone is walking alongside the road.