• EN 17353 2020 For Protective Clothing
    EN 17353:2020
    superseded the CE EN13356 & EN1150
  • EN 17353 2020 For high visibility products
    reflective clothing and accessories are the best products to keep you safe

Why EN17353:2020?


EN 17353:2020 standard supersedes two separate standards: EN 1150:1999 – ‘Protective clothing. Visibility clothing for non-professional use. Test methods and requirements’ – and EN 13356:2001 – ‘Visibility accessories for non-professional use. Test methods and requirements, both of which have now been withdrawn from use.

EN 17353 brings together elements of each of the withdrawn standards. However, all products meeting the requirements of the standard are no longer considered in terms of their use. Instead, their suitability in providing protection in medium risk situations is defined by their enhanced visibility properties.

The EN 17353 standard has also been devised to allow manufacturers more freedom in the design of products, given that enhanced visibility garments and devices are not intended for high-risk situations. Additionally, garments and devices are permitted for use in daylight (day) conditions only, dark (night) conditions only, or for both daylight and dark conditions.



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What Is EN 17353:2020?

Protective clothing - Enhanced visibility equipment for medium risk situations -Test methods and requirements. 

This European Standard was approved by CEN on 5 July 2020.

  1. European Foreword.
    The EN 17353:2020 has been prepared by Technical Committee CEN/TC162″Protective clothing including hand and arm protection and lifejackets”, the secretariat of which is held by DIN.
    This European Standard shall be given the status of a national standard, either by the publication of an identical text or by endorsement, at the latest by February 2021, and conflicting national standards shall be withdrawn at the latest by August 2023.
    Attention is drawn to the possibility that some of the elements of this document may be subject of patent rights.CEN shall not be held responsible for identifying any or all such patent rights.
    It supersedes EN 1150:1999, and EN 13356:2001.
    This document has been prepared under a standardization request given to CEN by the European Commission and the European Free Trade Association, and supports essential requirements of EU Regulation 2016/425.
    For the relationship with EU Directive(s), see informative AnnexZA, which is an integral part of this document.
    According to the CEN-CENELEC Internal Regulations, the national standards organizations of the following countries are bound to implement this European Standard: Austria,Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland,Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic ofNorth Macedonia,Romania,Serbia,Slovakia,Slovenia, Spain,Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.
  2. Scope
    This document specifies requirements for enhanced visibility equipment in the form of garments, or devices, which are capable of visually signaling the user’s presence.
    The enhanced visibility equipment is intended to provide conspicuity of the wearer in medium risk situations under any daylight conditions and/or under illumination by vehicle headlights or searchlights in the dark.


  3. Normative References.
    The following documents are referred to in the text in such a way that some or all of their content constitutes requirements of this document. For dated references, only the edition cited applies. For undated references, the latest edition of the referenced document(including any amendments) applies.
    EN 20105-A02:1994, Textiles – Tests for colour fastness – Part A02: Grey scale for assessing change in colour (1So 105-A02:1993)
    EN 20105-A03:1994, Textiles – ‘Tests for colour fastness – Part A03:Grey scale for assessing staining(1So 105-A03:1993)
    EN 20105-N01:1995, Textiles – Tests for colour fastness – Part N01: Colour fastness to bleaching: Hypochlorite (1So 105-NO1:1993)
    EN 60068-2-31:2008,Environmental testing – Part 2-31:Tests – Test Ec: Rough handling shocks, primarilyfor equipment-type specimens (1EC 600682 31:2008)
    EN ISO 105-B02:2014,Textiles – Tests for colour fastness – Part B02: Colour fastness to artificial light: Xenon arc fading lamp test (1SO 105-B02:2014)


  4. Terms & Definitions
    For the purposes of this document, the following terms and definitions apply.
    ISO and IEC maintain terminological databases for use in standardization at the following addresses:
    • IEC Electropedia: available at http://www.electropedia.org/
    • ISO online browsing platform: available at https://www.iso.org/obp/ui


  5. Types & Minimum Area Requirements
    4.1 Types
    The enhanced visibility equipment is grouped into three types based on the foreseeable conditions of use:
    —Type A
    Equipment is worn by users where the risk of not being seen exists only at daylight conditions. This equipment uses only the fluorescent material as an enhanced visibility component.
    – Type B
    Equipment is worn by users where risk of not being seen exists only at dark conditions. This equipment uses only the retroreflective material as an enhanced visibility component.
    Type B is subdivided into 3 levels, as below. The classification depends on the total area worn or on the placement of the device on the user’s torso and limbs:
    – Type B1 includes free-hanging retroreflective devices only; these devices are designed for movement recognition.
    – Type B2 includes retroreflective devices or retroreflective material either temporarily or permanently placed on limbs only; these products are designed for movement recognition.


  6. Design Requirements
    5.1 Size designation
    The size designation for garments shall be in accordance with the requirements of EN ISO13688:2013.5.2 Type A
    5.2.1 General
    Type A garments (including partial body protective clothing) shall in their design use at least the minimum amount of fluorescent material according to Table 3.
    NOTE1 Protective clothing items are worn to cover one or more parts of the body, examples of partial body protection are sleeves, aprons, and chaps.
    The areas shall be measured on the smallest garment size intended to be supplied, in each of the two height ranges specified in Table 3, with all fasteners adjusted to the smallest configuration possible and with the garment laying flat on a table.
    Fluorescent material areas covered by any logos, lettering, labels etc, are not counted towards the total area.


  7. Material Requirements.
    6.1 Requirements for non-fluorescent material, fluorescent material and combined performance material
    6.1.1 Colour performance requirements of new material
    The colour and the luminance factor of new fluorescent and combined performance material shall be within the regions given in Table 4 when tested in accordance with 7.2


  8. Test Methods
    7.1 Sampling and conditioning
    Samples for testing shall be taken from the original device or from the retroreflective or fluorescent material as used in the garment or a device. The size, shape and quantity shall be as required for each test procedure.
    Unless otherwise specified, one specimen of each material shall be tested and shall comply with the minimum requirements before and after exposure.
    The specimens shall be conditioned for at least 24 h at (20± 2)C and (65±5) % relative humidity. If the test is carried out in other conditions, the test shall begin within 5 min after withdrawal from the conditioning atmosphere.


  9. Marking
    For garments, the marking requirements defined in EN IS0 13688:2013 shall be met. The devices shall be marked with the following:
    a) name of the manufacturer and address;
    b) number and year of this document;
    c) type of equipment.


  10. Information Supplied By The Manufacturer
    For garments, the requirements for information supplied by the manufacturer shall be in accordance with EN ISO 13688:2013. The following sentences shall be included in the information supplied by the manufacturer (if applicable):
    a) “When relevant, the stated maximum number and type of cleaning cycles is not the only factor related to the lifetime of the garment.
    The lifetime depends on usage, care storage, and also, if relevant, on the number of cleaning cycles.”b)“For B1 devices, in order to achieve 360° visibility (visibility from all sides) at least two B1 devices
    shall be used; these shall be used on the left and the right side of the torso.”
    c) “For B2 devices, in order to achieve 360° visibility (visibility from all sides) at least two B2 devices
    shall be used; these shall be used on the left and the right side of the torso.”
    d) “Any alterations of the product such as printing of logos may compromise the minimum areas and performance of the product”
    lf the color after the Xenon test changes from one color box to another, this shall be mentioned in the instructions for use.


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