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Advice from our specialists: How to choose summer work wear

An analysis of occupational risks recommends most employees to wear clothing designed for the job. Personal protective equipment should not only protect, but also provide comfort and convenience. Fortunately, many employers take ambient conditions like hot summer weather into account. Their employees are provided with suitable work wear and other accessories to keep them thermally comfortable when they are working during the summer. 

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Our Lyreco Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) specialists Marek Špidra and Richard Kochláň will provide some tips on how to choose summer work clothes and what to watch out for when you are choosing them.  

Introducing our specialists

Business Development Manager PPE

Richard Kochláň has been a business development manager at Lyreco working with personal protective equipment since 2020. A graduate of the Faculty of Safety Management at the University of Žilina, he has picked up knowledge about protecting staff and workplace safety at companies like Heineken and IAC Group, along with business experience at JABLOTRON SLOVAKIA s.r.o.  

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Marek Špidra has spent many years since he studied civil engineering and then learned about fire safety at a school run by the Czech Republic Interior Ministry. He has been an OSH and fire safety specialist at Civop s.r.o., worked as a PPE Account Manager at Office Depot and managed safety at an oil refinery with Falck Fire Services UK, before joining Lyreco in 2021 as a PPE business development manager. 

Both Richard and Marek belong to the PPE expert team at Lyreco, working closely with colleagues from sales as well as our suppliers and partners. But their primary concern is Lyreco customers, helping them to analyze, test and select the most appropriate personal protective equipment for the job. 

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How to choose the right work wear for summer?

Richard: The most important thing to consider when selecting work clothing is exposure to workplace risks and the type of work your staff will be doing. If they work with chemicals or food, for example, wearing work shorts or a thin, short sleeve cotton T-shirt is certainly not going to be enough. For summer, I especially recommend lightweight work trousers (about 180-200 g/m2), possibly composed of special cooling fabrics. 

Marek: Summer work clothes should not be skintight because that restricts movement and makes you feel uncomfortable. Ideally, summer protective clothing should be made of breathable materials that can effectively wick away sweat.

PPE Business Development Manager

The color or the clothing plays an important role in your choice of PPE for the summer. Select lighter colored work clothing because dark colors absorb more heat from the sun, making your employees uncomfortable.

Marek Špidra
PPE Business Development Manager

What types of fabrics should you choose when selecting work wear? 

Marek: While the ideal fabric for summer is pure cotton, there is a number of summer collections that feature lightweight clothing made of mixed materials such as PES (polyester fiber) and cotton. So-called functional materials, seen most often in sports T-shirts, are popular mainly because they effectively wick sweat and due to their cooling effect. 

Richard: Mesh is a fabric composed of evenly spaced holes or openings to make workwear lightweight and breathable. Materials like nylon or polyester that are tear-resistant and easy to maintain are used to produce the mesh. In Lyreco’s catalogue, for example, you will find reflexive vests made of this fabric.  

 

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Business Development Manager PPE

The most important thing to consider when selecting protective work clothing is exposure to workplace risks and the type of work your staff will be doing.

Richard Kochláň
PPE Business Development Manager
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Do you have any other tips for employers to ensure the comfort of employees who work outdoors on hot days?

Richard: Employers should not only be thinking about quality summer work wear, but also about having water or cold beverages available and for their employees working outside to be wearing SPF sunscreen they can apply to parts of the body exposed to the sun. Of course, they should be wearing protective headgear and high-quality safety goggles with an UV filter. 

Marek: The PPE market is constantly evolving. Besides comfortable clothing, there are a number of accessories for working outdoors in warm weather such as a cooler strap for the helmet, cooling scarf or cooling vest. 

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