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Integrating PPE and Regular Workwear

Chris Doolan - Wednesday, March 03, 2010

As the responsibility of employers in the safety of their workers is recognised more extensively than ever before, and the cost of injuries to companies rises, the use of personal protective equipment as mandatory is also increasing. The long arm of the OH&S supervisor reaches to the eyes, ears, back and knees of workers on job sites across the globe - personal protective equipment is a must in the modern world. There are quite a few extra bits and pieces to put on before you get down to the nitty gritty of a job ... and if you've ever climbed to the top of a roof only to realize that you've forgotten your goggles, work kneepads, or other PPE, you'll realize the importance of integrating these requirement with normal workwear when possible. Today we look at work wear products to help reduce the time burden that PPE creates, and improve safety.  Read More...

Tradies' Favourite Masterpieces of European Design

Chris Doolan - Wednesday, February 17, 2010

They say that necessity is the mother of invention - but invention's step-mother would surely have to be the entire continent of Europe! Some of the oldest civilisations on the planet are located here, and so many of the inventions that we use day to day have come from the region known as the language and culture capital of the world. The sheer population volume in Europe means that industry would soon be crippled by the cost of injuries, if preventive equipment wasn't used; corrective action for both back and knee injuries can cost thousands of dollars. , let alone continual treatment costs, time off work and low morale. . European employers have thousands of reasons to look to preventive measures to keep their workers healthy! Today we are looking at what Europe has offered the workwear world, from the famous Swiss army knife to lesser known, but equally convenient products like tool vests and elastic belts. Read More...

5 Most Inventive Workwear Products

Chris Doolan - Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Work wear has come a long way in the past decade. We've moved from bulky, sometimes painful leather belts to new elastic alternatives; the older style tool belts with fixed attachment points have been replaced with more ergonomic alternatives like tool vests; three quarter work pants are now available where the alternatives used to be short-shorts or long pants ... and that was all! Today we are looking at how new developments in the workwear arena are ultimately adding to quality of life for tradespeople - allowing you to get your work done faster and more safely, and come home feeling healthier and more energetic. Read More...

Keeping Cool - Workwear Tips for Summer

Chris Doolan - Wednesday, January 20, 2010

One of the toughest seasons for trade work is summer. In winter, you can simply add layers of clothing, wear thermals, and drink plenty of tea, coffee or soup. In summer, there is still that minimum level of clothing you need to have on for protection … but every inch can feel as if it is suffocating you! Today we are looking at workwear that comes to the rescue in summer, offering protection and convenience while keeping you as cool as possible.  Read More...

Belting Options for Work Pants - Which is Best?

Chris Doolan - Tuesday, December 22, 2009

You'd have to be a lucky man to find a pair of work pants that fits just right, with nothing more than the zip and button holding them up ... and even luckier to then have your waist stay the same size before and after lunch, and from month to month! Belts are a necessity for work pants, and there are quite a few options. We look at some of the more popular ones, and what purposes they are suitable for.  Read More...

5 Alternate Places to Wear Your Workwear

Chris Doolan - Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Work wear needs to be among the most durable, sturdy and dependable items in your wardrobe. It will see more wear than any other single item (except your favourite hat, maybe!), being out and about for a third of the day's hours, five days a week. Great quality workwear doesn’t need to be limited to these times, though - today we're checking out 5 different activities that can benefit from the strength, versatility and quality of work wear clothing.  Read More...

Feel Guide to Fabric Weights for Workwear

Chris Doolan - Monday, November 23, 2009

Buying on the internet has plenty of advantages - huge range, easy shopping around for best prices, access to things that stores don’t supply locally … the list goes on. However it also has its downfalls, and especially when buying a particular product for the first time, many people need to know how it feels before making the decision to buy. Don’t think that you need to give up all the benefits of net-based shopping to 'get a feel' for feel though - here we go over the common fabric weights of work wear, including work pants, work shorts and work shirts, and translate the numbers to something meaningful.  Read More...