and other protective work clothes have a variety of safety duties to meet, depending on the worksite conditions.
The major classes of protective gear shield the worker with:
- Flame resistance;
- Heat and thermal protection;
- Soaking or staining resistance, and protection against chemicals; or
- Outdoor worksite visibility.
Strength and freedom of movement are key elements, no matter what conditions for which a garment is selected. And the safety of the public, and peoples’ ability to quickly recognize technicians and professionals by their uniforms, are also basic factors in everything from hotel and kitchen work, to transportation maintenance work, to security beats, to tow truck and body shop workforces. High quality and durable aesthetics are also part of the design of automotive workwear and the uniform industry as a whole.
Firefighters are not the only heroes that deal with heat, sparks, and flames to make things work for our society.
Arc welders, electric utility workers, chemical workers, and others rely on the protection of flame-resistant slacks, overalls, shirts, gloves and caps that shield the body against flash fires, sparks, and flames.
Flame-resistant automotive workwear saves lives.
Heat and Thermal Protection
On-the-job safety in many fields, such as metalworking, means protection from extreme temperatures and molten metals. Protective industrial safety clothing shields workers from radiant heat and the hazards of sparks as well. These garments, gloves, and other protective gear include materials such as Kevlar or aluminized carbon.
Chemical Resistant and Waterproof Gear and Gloves
Splashes, spills, and chemical exposure can all be hazardous to people in automotive assembly or repair work, construction, transportation, retail, agriculture and food processing, metalworking, laboratory research, the print industry, and in cleaning work. Proper gloves, designed for chemical resistance, protect against burns, irritations, and injuries. Waterproof gloves protect users from risks posed by ordinary household cleaners, or hazardous industrial fluids.
Key elements of moisture-resistant and chemical-resistant gear include materials engineered for flexibility and grip—whether on wet or dry equipment. Other characteristics may be soft lining, temperature control, and enduring, puncture-proof safety and comfort. Materials include vinyl or latex, neoprene, and nitrile.
Sizes and thicknesses vary according to the purpose. For food handlers, safety gloves will conform to regulations established by the Food and Drug Administration.
Reflective and High-Visibility Safety Workwear
Enhanced-visibility vests, shirts, jackets, slacks, overalls and other gear ensure safety in the transportation industry, road construction, and towing. Roads supply a constant risk from drivers (add cell phones to the mix and the risk is compounded). Roadside assistance safety garments enable workers to be seen in low-visibility conditions and at night by drivers, lowering the risk of harm.
Automotive workwear is about comfort and safety the automotive field—and much more.