Good quality industrial workwear is essential to the day to day running of your organisation. Not only is it designed to keep staff comfortable, thus improving their performance but more importantly, it is there to keep them safe. When sourcing a good supplier there are many factors to consider including budget, comfort, safety and the range of items they can offer. Many larger organisations employ a workwear supplier on a contracted basis through their procurement team. Should they want to change their mind later on down the line, the process of switching suppliers can be long and arduous. For this reason it is important to do the legwork to begin with. Ask for samples, meet with representatives from various workwear companies and ask them the right questions before signing up to a clothing contract. Here are just a few things to consider when choosing your next industrial workwear supplier.
Depending on the nature of your organisation you might need a varied range of clothing to suit a multitude of duties. Certain workers who deal with high-risk tools or machinery, like chainsaws for example, may require safety clothing that meets certain specifications. It pays to get a good idea of the full range a supplier can provide before signing up with them. Specialist items aren’t always stocked as standard and you may find yourself having to shop elsewhere for them.
Good quality clothing means clothing that is fit for purpose and durable and so requesting samples is essential. Take note of the materials used. Cotton and polyester are generally used as standard for things like polo shirts. With studies showing that polyester is prone to drawing moisture and odours away from the body and trapping them in the fabric, leading suppliers are now introducing anti-microbial fabrics designed to reduce stains and smells lingering on polyester clothing. If this is something your supplier can offer then it shows they are looking to the future and incorporating the latest technologies into their range. Canvas is another popular material choice for garments such as overalls, trousers and outerwear. Check that the standard weight is 420 gsm as this is considered durable. When examining clothing look out for things such as reinforcement in high hard wearing areas such as knees and elbows, the quality of the seams and whether or not items include triple stitching. All of these things are signs of quality that are designed to make clothing last longer.
In an age of economic turbulence it stands to reason that costings will play a part in your decision. While you shouldn’t immediately opt for the cheapest option as it could lead to you having to buy twice, it is understandable that you will have budgets to work to and important that you communicate this to your supplier. Discuss discount options and enquire about things such as customisation of garments. Many suppliers will print or embroider your company logo onto clothing but this comes at a cost.