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How to wash hi-vis clothing

Your hi-vis clothing is manufactured using specialised fabrics which include fluorescent dyes and reflective materials. Reflective winter workwear, however, is often susceptible to oil stains, grease marks, bitumen and tar so keeping your clothing clean can require special treatment to maintain the bright, luminance factor. The advice below will come in handy, but remember to always read the care instructions inside your items of clothing as a precaution first before you clean them. Prep your workwear The first step is to remove all the loose dirt and grime. You can... Read More

Does my employer have to provide safety boots UK?

Safety boots are a must-have for anyone that deals with dangerous environments, heavy lifting or hazardous materials. There are many jobs that require safety boots to be worn, not just for common sense, but as part of the uniform requirements. These may include plumbers, roofers, tilers, electricians and labourers. Slippery surfaces, badly fitting footwear and prolonged standing are also significant dangers we expose our feet to. The question is, does my employer have to provide safety boots UK employees need? Employers’ duties According to the Health and Safety at Work... Read More

What is hi-vis clothing?

Hi-vis clothing, or high visibility, as it is more commonly known, is clothing that is designed to give you greater visibility in the dark. The workwear is usually designed with reflective shapes or tape and bright colours that stand out against any background. Health and safety regulations may require you to wear this as a form of PPE (personal protective equipment). It is particularly important for anyone working in construction, airports and emergency services. Cyclists may also use hi-vis clothing to stand out amongst motor traffic. Commonly worn on the... Read More

What are overalls?

Overalls, sometimes also known as coveralls, are a piece of clothing designed to be worn over normal clothes to protect both the garments and the wearer. In many industries, overalls are more or less the standard uniform because they make the job more comfortable and much safer. Depending on the nature of the work and the needs of the wearer, overalls are generally available in a range of fabrics and thicknesses. What are the benefits? Overalls serve a number of functions. In dirty or wet environments such as factories or... Read More

What size safety boots should I buy?

While safety boots are designed to protect your feet from harm while you’re working, getting the right size is also important. Whether you work on an industrial estate or on construction sites, there are more ways you can damage your feet than dropping something heavy on them. Wearing uncomfortable footwear that doesn’t fit right for long hours can lead to a host of unwanted issues like corns and callouses. In the following sections we’ll point out how to pick boots that fit right every time. Room to move As a... Read More

How to make safety boots more comfortable

Your safety boots do a fantastic job of protecting your feet, but they are not always that comfortable towards the end of the working day. Obviously, work boots need to be rugged and tough for maximum protection, but work boots also need to be able to provide the arches of your feet with the support they need. How should safety boots fit? If boots are too narrow or too short they will squash your feet and feel uncomfortable. Safety boots that are too big will allow your feet to slosh... Read More

Can you claim vat on safety boots?

There is a piece of UK legislation that exists that allows those who wear uniforms, including safety boots, for work to receive a tax rebate from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC). What is the current UK legislation on VAT? Safety boots are VAT rated as 0%, which means they are “Not Exempt of VAT” when the boots are purchased by an individual and they are intended for industrial use. These are not allowed to be supplied to persons for use by their employees as if they are bought specifically... Read More

Can I claim for washing my workwear?

Whether you wear hi vis clothing or overalls as part of your dedicated work wardrobe, you might be able to claim back on your cleaning costs. In the following sections, we’ll explore everything you need to know regarding applying for a tax rebate for washing your workwear. Are you eligible for a tax refund on your uniform? You might not be aware, but UK legislation exists that entitles those who wear uniforms for work to receive a tax rebate from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC). If the uniform that... Read More

Welcome to our new site

We are very pleased to announce the launch of our brand new eCommerce site, and also our new blog, which will be updated regularly to keep you up to date with the latest news and special offers.  Our new site has been developed with our customers in mind, and as a result of this you’ll find an easy to use website with effective search facilities and an efficient checkout process.  We really hope you enjoy having a look around the new site – we will be constantly adding new products... Read More