Industrial safety, HSE, Wearer • 8 min read

4 big wins you’ll gain from talking with a protective fabric supplier

Marcel Willems January 11, 2021

In the lead up to selecting new protective clothing, are you struggling to find objective information on solutions in the market? Industrial laundries and garment makers can provide advice on new PPE, but in this case, it pays off to go straight to the source: why not ask a protective fabrics supplier to share their technical and practical expertise? Here are 4 ways a protective fabrics manufacturer can provide you with the information you need to choose the best protective clothing.

Win #1: Get in-depth knowledge on the latest protective clothing trends

When you work directly with a fabric supplier, you harness the full power of their marketing and R&D teams. It’s their job to keep their finger on the industry’s pulse, identifying key trends in the market before you hear about them yourself. Take comfort, for example — one of the latest industry trends fabric suppliers are picking up on. Taking inspiration from sports and leisurewear, they’re creating lighter, more breathable fabrics that allow the wearer more freedom of movement, while still providing full protection from hazards on the job.

Win #2: Get your basics right

At the end of the day, your protective workwear’s compliance to safety norms, durability and performance all depends on the quality of the fabric it’s made from. Since the fabric also determines the specific specs of your protective garments, it can be smart to collaborate directly with a protective fabric supplier. The main benefit of working with a supplier with a broad portfolio like TenCate Protective Fabrics, for instance, is that you won’t be offered one standard collection or solution. The supplier will help you choose the right technology for a tailor-made solution that meets your exact needs. With their links throughout the whole protective clothing value chain, they’re also able to help you find the right garment maker to partner with. Electric utility multinational ENGIE did exactly this, with incredible results. 

Protective Clothing Audit Guide
This step by step guide takes you through the complete process of conducting a protective clothing audit, based on real insights from the workfloor.
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Win #3: Audit your current solution

You’ve been told it’s time to select new protective clothing, but making a start on the tender process can feel overwhelming for any busy H&S Manager. Instead of copy-pasting specs from your last tender several years ago, ask a fabric supplier to help you perform a protective clothing audit on your current solution. You’ll get a third-party perspective on the actual risks at each of your work stations, in addition to valuable insights from your workers who wear the garments every day. Armed with this information, you’ll be able to make a data-driven and up-to-date choice for the best protective clothing solution.

Win #4: Test your options for performance

When you’re shopping for new fabrics or garments, the number of options can feel dizzying. It takes time, technical expertise, and testing facilities to thoroughly compare the options side by side — none of which you may have. A good fabric supplier will offer all three of these to you! Recently, TenCate Protective Fabrics offered their state of the art laboratory to help Damen Shipyards test the top bids they were considering for their new protective clothing tender. As a result, Damen Shipyards was able to choose a solution that raised their safety standards, spurred higher employee satisfaction, and improved their corporate image.

Simplify the selection process for yourself

One thing’s for sure: your company has specific preferences, wishes, and needs. Talking directly to a protective fabrics supplier is your best bet to translate these requirements into a product that will keep your workers protected and happy for years to come. 

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Protective Clothing Audit Guide

This step by step guide takes you through the complete process of conducting a protective clothing audit, based on real insights from the workfloor.

Get your guide here
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Marcel Willems

Vice President of Sales & Business Development | TenCate Protective Fabrics