As an employer, it is your responsibility to provide a safe environment for your staff to work in. Due to the nature of the work, the industrial sector can be very dangerous if proper safety precautions aren’t in place. Within the industry, there are several uniform legislations to help keep your staff safe. The standards are used to ensure your staff are visible (both day and night) and protected from the sun and flames.
Uniform Visibility Standards
Standard: AS/NZS 4602.1:2011- Retroreflective materials and devices for road traffic control purposes Part 4: High-visibility materials for safety garments
These standards were created to ensure high visibility of individuals who may be exposed to high risk situations such as a construction site or roadwork site. The specification details day and night uniform requirements, defines the design of the garments, including the pattern options for the reflective tape, and the area for fluorescent materials.
Importance: Makes workers more visible during the day and night in dangerous environments, thus reducing the risk of workplace accidents
Uniform UV Protection Standards
Standard: AS/NZS 4399: 1999: Sun protective clothing – Evaluation and classification
These standards outline the methodology to test fabric and classify how much ultraviolet is transmitted through it.
Importance: Protects workers from UV damage, which could possibly lead to long term health implications
Uniform Flame Retardant Standards
Standard: NFPA 2112: Standard on Flame-Resistant Garments for Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Flash Fire
This standard outlines the guidelines for Flame Resistant Garments in order to protect individuals from flash fire. It outlines the minimum performance requirements, methods recommended for flame resistant fabrics and components, designs and certification requirements.
Standard: NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace
Defines and outlines the requirements for electrical safety in the workplace. This includes safe work practices and personal protective equipment that must be worn.
Importance: Flame retardant uniforms self extinguish or don’t ignite to begin with, protects wearers from clothing melting on their skin, provides thermal insulation from the heat which all in turn reduces burn injury and increases chance of survival.
Alsco works hard to keep your employees safe. Our uniforms meet the industry standards to ensure your employees always remain safe and clean. Get in contact with us today, and increase your staff’s safety!