Compliance of retro-reflective materials for Safety Garments in the Australasian Marketplace

Posted on 13/10/2015

Hi Vis JacketAny retro-reflective materials and devices used for safety garments (commonly referred to as 'tape') as applied to road traffic control purposes throughout Australasia must conform to the Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1906.4:2010.  Details of these standards have been provided in earlier NZWTA Ltd Fact Sheets.

Many of these products, whether just the tape or the entire garment, are imported to Australia and New Zealand.  Where testing has been conducted in the country of manufacture, it is often tested to the European Standard EN ISO 20471:2013.

A product meeting the specifications of EN ISO 20471:2013 does not necessarily mean it will comply with AS/NZS 1906.4:2010.  There are a number of key differences between the standards.  In particular, this Fact Sheet will identify where retesting is required to ensure conformance to the AS/NZS standard.

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