Know your fabric!

It is important to begin by choosing the right fabric for the work wear, based on the level of protection and performance required by your employer and your own safety standards. Consideration should be given to the jobs being undertaken i.e. for a tiler double knees on pants might be a good choice.

While lightweight fabrics are cooler they may offer reduced protection if an occupation requires lifting of abrasive materials. Fire resistant garments should be considered if the job exposes workers to an ignition source such as a naked flame.


Fabric weight refers to the weight of the fabric in grams per square metre (gsm). the lower the number the lighter the weight of the fabric i.e. 190gsm is a heavier weight fabric than 150gsm


Shrinkage can be common problem in industrial work wear because of the heavy washing treatment it often receives in industrial laundries.

These days MOST 100% cotton fabrics will be pre-shrunk prior to being made up into garments in order to avoid excessive shrinkage after purchase.

However shrinkage may occur if high temperature washing is required to get rid of stubborn stains. You should expect approx 3% extra shrinkage if using very hot water followed by tumble drying.

There’s nothing that says “I don’t really care too much about my company/corporate image ” than a faded, dull ,lifeless looking shirt !
Colour fastness is a measure of how well a dye colour lasts on fabric, assuming regular washing methods are followed . It depends mainly on the quality and type of dye being used and the process used .Vibrant even colours = good quality! 

There are many different fabrics out there offering varying degrees of strength . Strength equals safety . The type of fibre used and the method of fabric construction determine how strong the fabric is, which in turn determines the durability. 


Wicking or the process by which moisture is moved from the underside of the fabric or the wearer’s skin to the surface, is also an important feature of a fabric that can determine comfort. The wicking properties of Hi Vis polo shirts makes them much more pleasant to wear in hot weather .

For work wear used in hot conditions a lightweight fabric makes sense , however, it is also sensible to look at the design of the item. Air circulation is important so that the maximum amount of body heat can escape. Therefore a loose rather than tight fit is helpful. A garment with airflow panels, especially under arms and across the upper back is much cooler to wear .

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