How to choose the right construction workwear

Choosing the right construction workwear can sometimes feel like a headache, however it can make all the difference. In fact it can be the difference between life and death in some circumstances

Construction sites are hazardous working environments, it’s therefore essential that the right protective clothing is used. Think of a deep sea diver trying to dive without their driving suit, this would be incredibly dangerous. It’s fair to say that you’re not going to experience the same levels of danger in most working environments as you might at the bottom of the ocean, however there are still a vast number of risks associated with working on a building site and these must be accounted for.

construction workwear from OBAS. It’s essential that your team are comfortable in the clothes they’re wearing because if your team aren’t comfortable they won’t perform at peak efficiency and in turn they might put themselves into a difficult position.

Before you even get to the point of carrying out a risk assessment though, comfort must be taken into consideration and this is something we advise to anyone buying

You’re going to want to make sure your construction team are weather proofed in the wet conditions we generally get in the UK and many forms of construction workwear are weather resistant offering your team a fantastic barrier against the elements. However just because it keeps someone dry doesn’t mean it will keep them warm and many construction firms choose to insulate their workforce with fleece jumpers, fleece jackets and fleece hoodies which give amazing protection against the cold.

It’s also important on a building site that the construction workwear offers the wearing the ability to easily change out of the clothing and clean themselves down before they leave site. Most outdoor clothing for construction workers offers this kind of protection with hi vis trousers / waterproof trousers and water proof jackets being quick to get out of an easy to clean. In some environments it may be more appropriate to use a coverall. These boiler suits may also be disposable, which may be preferable for some construction workers (for example painters and decorators or plasters).

It’s important that you choose the right construction workwear for the location of the job; this is especially true if your team are working in locations where hi-visibility clothing would be more appropriate, such as by the side of a road. The bestselling hi vis products tend to be hi vis vests, however, there is as big a range of hi vis construction workwear as there is non-hi vis construction workwear.

Whenever you’re working in dangerous environment you should be clear you choose the right PPE for your teams needs — this will be covered in the risk assessment and as with anything safety, it’s better to be safe than sorry. That old saying is especially true when it comes to keeping construction workers safe, whether you’re thinking about eye protection, ear protection, head protection, safety footwear, safety gloves etc.

The amount of money you have to spend on construction workwear should always be factored into the quotes you give to your customers as it’s essential to factor in the cost of workwear, which is an essential for all manual work, in every construction task you undertake.

Purchasing the best quality construction workwear garments you can is always preferable is possible and it’s important not to put cost before quality because these garments need to be durable and offer you the maximum levels of protection you could hope for.

Finally, construction workwear should always be correct for the construction tasks your team are undertaking. It should facilitate and not hinder the construction worker and result in greater productivity whilst improving the safety of the worker.

View our range of construction workwear and our range of personal protective equipment, alternatively please call today on 01772 786000 to speak to one of our workwear and PPE experts.

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Simon Dalley

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