The right workwear can determine success or failure on any job. Whether the workplace is indoors or outdoors, whether the work is professional or technical, or in construction or the industrial trades, the workwear chosen affects worker safety, how workers are regarded, and how efficiently the task can be done.
Indoor work environments such as chemical laboratories, dental or medical practices, and auto repair or manufacturing all require protective workwear to shield the worker from spills, sparks, and injury to the skin. Supportive, hard-toed shoes are usually required, and in some industrial environments steel-toed boots are in order. Protective goggles, gloves, hats, and even respirators may be necessary.
Outdoor projects such as construction, landscaping, road maintenance, and roofing require several layers of protective gear. Warm, lightweight undergarments that wick moisture away from the skin prevent hypothermia in cold weather and keep skin cool in the heat of summer. Wool or specially constructed sweaters retain body heat even when wet. Waterproof outer gear allows work to continue even in the snow or rain. Teflon-coated overalls or trousers are in order in trades that require close chemical work. Protective boots and gloves are essential.
When choosing workwear, resist the temptation to save money by purchasing inexpensive or ill-fitting items. Choosing quality manufacturers and sturdy clothing meant to last at least a season will save money in the long run. Anyone who has ever purchased packaged cotton gloves for outdoor labor has learned the hard way that one pair of well-made leather or synthetic professional gloves far outlasts a six-pack of budget cottons,.
Choosing the finest workwear available yields another benefit: Professional recognition. Workers who show up professionally and safely attired are regarded with respect and rewarded with a loyal customer base.
In short, workwear matters. Don’t just work hard. Buy the best and work smart!
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