are safety standard ce en 13356 compliant reflective accessories
and then there are non-compliant reflective accessories. The
former is for personal road safety use.
former are manufactured using reflective film that complies
with the strict specifications laid down by the governing
standards for the purpose of saving lives in traffic.
latter is more often than not, confused with the former, and
usually on purpose by buyer and seller alike. It's a bit like
the old "topping-up the bottle with the cheap stuff"
lark in catering where mark-ups are stretched. And buyers
of non-compliant reflectives get mistaken for people of organisations
with a genuine concern and for a lesser outlay.
The under-spec copies look passable, and for those who are
not quite up to snuff with the business-end of promotional
activity, or just not particularly concerned with the plight
of personal road safety, they must seem quite the bargain.
of cheap copies often dismiss this truth by claiming they
are not going to use them for road safety, they are just for
a promotional gimmick. After their event however, what will
people make of these cheap gimmicks that look like reflective
wear for personal road safety?
just not responsible business conduct and everybody knows
organisations and campaigners would simply not associate their
name and reputation with anything less than the compliant
quality when lives are at stake, and nor would we.
to look out for:
and resellers who do not make any reference to the CE
EN 13356 Safety Standard in their publications, leaving
you to make the assumptions.
and resellers who refer to the standard in their publications,
but display wrong certification when very slow images
finally load or simply links that are broken.
refer to the standard but do not display certification:
There is considerable cost involved in attaining certification,
so those who have invested their resources and undergone
the rigours demanded to attain such certification are
hardly likely to neglect to show their potential customers
that they have done so.
make claims to manufacturing/reselling reflectors in accordance
with CE EN 13356, but without attempting to show for it
in any way.
comes as no surprise then, that non-compliant and under-spec
reflectors cost just a fraction of the real thing to make
and, fun as they look, they're of little use for personal
that's where the danger lies.
to shatter your illusions!
if you want your gift recipients to enjoy road safety compliments
of your organisation, then insist on the real thing.
were the first in all of europe to attain certification
for our reflective accessories. We lead. We don't copy. We
specialise in relective promotional gifts and remain at the
forefront of this industry with product innovation and good
service. We've built our reputation on it!
on seeing CE EN 13356 certification! Here
safety related Safety Standards and what they refer to:
on its own without reference to which category of safety standard,
means nothing. A CE mark should always be linked with the
number of the Standard it relates to.
on its own doesn't actually mean anything.
71 is a Standard for toys and has no bearing on reflectivity
or road safety at all.
1150 is a Standard for reflective
vests/gilets for personal use. (See below)
EN 13356 is a Standard for loose, reflective
accessories for personal use. (See below)
471 refers to larger areas of reflectivity (vests,
jackets) with added resistance to chemical spills, fire, heat
and, through classification I, II, and III respectively, EN
471 also refers to different numbers of washes the garment
can endure without impairing the reflective qualities. This
Standard is for professional use, and we offer a
vest that complies with this Standard. (The same Standard
is for reflective garments worn by the police, ambulance personnel,
Fire and rescue personnel, motorway maintenance personnel
enquiries about reflective wear for professional use, please