September 1, 2011
The key ingredient in selecting the right uniform garments is an understanding of the details surrounding the job and the person wearing the uniform.
Activity – What movements are involved in the actual job function being performed – is there reaching, squatting, lifting, bending or kneeling? What tools of the trade are most frequently used and how accessible to they need to be? Sometimes extra or specialty pocket, loops, etc. can make all the difference.
Safety – Many jobs have safety or special requirements that affect the type of garments needed. An example would be hidden closures if the wearer is working in an area where “no-scratch” is important, like the automotive industry. Or, an employee whose job requires him/her to be outside or in high traffic areas will likely need reflective apparel.
Environment – Depending upon the job function, fabric texture, weight and blend can all play in important role in the wearer’s comfort. If the wearer primarily works outside in the elements, he/she may need more protective fabrics that are suitable to various types of weather (water resistance/repellency for rain, moisture wicking for perspiration, etc.). If the wearer is in an environment where he/she is frequently in-and-out of the elements, an easy on/easy off insulated covering may be necessary. For employees that work behind counters most of the day, abrasion resistance fabric features may be important to prevent distress of the fabric, caused by rubbing against the counter/desk. If the wearer is in a dirty environment, soil repel/release features help keep the stains from being ground into the fabric.
We at Red Kap believe in experiencing “a day in the life of” the end wearer; our merchandisers will spend a day or two with a truck driver, mechanic, or housekeeper (the list goes on and on) letting them put us to work doing their job. It’s one thing to see it and a whole other thing to actually do it. Many times the wearer may not know what they want nor need, they just know what doesn’t work. It’s our job to get their perspective and apply our knowledge of fabrics, technologies and pattern making to provide the best solution for their needs.
Visit our website, where we’ve segmented garments by key industries to help guide you in the selection of garments appropriate for a variety of jobs.