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Occupational safety – how to find the right safety wear


Many women in high-powered roles aren’t simply working in offices; they’re getting out and about in the field, too. With these responsibilities come risks, and therefore safety measures absolutely must be put in place. When it comes to risk, wearing the right clothes is really important — and no, this isn’t an issue of fashion. Here’s how to make sure that you’re dressed as practically as possible for the tasks you have to undertake. At work, safety is the number one priority.

Adapt your day-to-day wear

If your daily tasks take you outside of the comfort of a desk and chair setting – whether that’s all the time or just on occasion – you need to make sure that you are dressed practically. While there is often a lot of emphasis on the way women look in the workplace for outdated reasons, this is a genuine concern and not at all to do with policing what you wear. Dress codes in some workplaces are essential for a reason.

If you do prefer to be fashionable, you can still stick with your personal style, even while observing safety procedures at the same time. For example, if you know that you’re going into a warehouse or outdoor setting, it’s probably best not to wear heels, or if your work requires you to be active, don’t wear a skirt. At the very least, think ahead – pack another pair of shoes or outfit in your bag or leave one in your car.

Buy specialist wear for special circumstances

Sometimes it’s not enough to make your daily wear more practical – you actually have to seek help from the experts in order to make sure you’re adequately protected.

Hi-vis vests, protective gear and even safety shoes should provide the right levels of safeguarding, which is why Engelbert Strauss has invested their time and experience into providing this kind of clothing to businesses for many years, offering head to toe protection. Their footwear deals with the distinction between safety shoes or work shoes, depending on whether you will be requiring a toe cap to minimise the risks of injury from mechanical machines and so on.

Don’t think that it’s enough to buy from the high street in every case – do your research.

Don’t forget accessories!

Sadly, there’s nothing incredibly exciting about the kinds of accessories we’re talking about here – but nevertheless, they are absolutely necessary.

For example, some roles don’t require you to wear something in particular for safety reasons, but the accessories themselves may be vital. Let’s say you work in the live music sector, or another particularly noisy industry. You’re going to need to use earplugs – your hearing is super important!

Of course, safety accessories are not limited to earplugs, and you must consider your individual needs as required. This may include (but not be limited) to gloves, hats and goggles.

Regardless of what it is that you require workwear-wise to go about your daily business, don’t scrimp or cut corners. Speak to your boss about the possibility of provisions of such items – or if you are the boss, declare these things on tax returns for tax breaks. Stay safe!

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