Workwear Fabrics – Picking the Right Material for The Task | 12th August 2020
When shopping for workwear, it is important to pay close attention to the type of fabric the garment is made from. Each fabric offers unique properties, with some being more comfortable, technically superior, and more durable than others. Before purchasing your safety gear and workwear, you will need to consider your profession to ensure that the fabric will be able to withstand the rigours of your daily routine. For example, if you work on an oil rig you will need to select a fabric which is flame retardant. If you are working around heavy machinery, you will need a thicker fabric which can take some abuse yet still provide protection and look the part.
To help you make the right decision, All Trades Safety have prepared a blog post highlighting some of the most common materials used in workwear, along with their pros and cons.
Fabric Types Used in Workwear
Workwear can be made from either a single material, or more commonly a blend which can provide additional benefits. The most common fabrics used include:
Polyamide Fibres – this is a synthetic material, with the most common being nylon. Benefits of nylon include excellent strength and high durability, meaning the garment will last longer than those made of natural fibres. However you should know that polyamide fibres will retain moisture and dry at a slower rate than alternative fabrics, which is why many work shirts will be made of a mix of polyamide fibres and other fabric.
Polyester – you may notice this material being used for sportswear, and it’s also used for workwear. It is a popular choice thanks to its moisture wicking ability, making it a great choice for busy tradies and those who work outdoors in the summer. It is very light weight and highly durable, but it can have a slightly rough finish. Therefore it is often blended with cotton to provide a good balance between comfort, durability and high-performance whilst on the job.
Natural Fibres – the most commonly used natural fibres are cotton and wool, favoured for their breathability and comfort. They lack durability, hence they are usually blended with synthetic fibres to improve longevity.
High Performance Fibres – technology has advanced at a rapid rate, and high performance fibres can now be seen on the market. Some of these fibres claim to offer exceptional puncture and resistance, anti-bacterial properties, heat resistance and chemical resistance to name a few benefits. You may notice some workwear using high performance fibres such as carbon fibre, aluminium, ceramic fibres and stainless steel.
Keeping Comfortable at Work – Check the Fabric Weight
It is always a good idea to check the fabric weight of the garment you plan to purchase. All workwear is required to conform with Australian Standards, and you will notice that workwear usually comes in three different weights:
Lightweight – 155gsm (e.g polyester and cotton blend polo shirts, lightweight cotton shirts etc)
Midweight – 190gsm (e.g. cargo pants, fleeces etc)
Heavyweight – 310gsm (e.g. thick fleece tops)
Think about the type of work you will be performing and the current season prior to investing in new work gear. Choosing the right weight of fabric and the right features will ensure your team remains comfortable and protected all year round. Remember that you can always layer up for additional warmth.
High Quality Workwear for All Trades – Shop Today!
Getting the right workwear can make a big difference, ensuring you perform at your best whilst enjoying the utmost in comfort and protection. All Trades Safety is the home of quality safety and workwear supplies. What ever your trade, rest assured we have the right product for the task. We invite you to browse our range today, and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 1300 533 537.