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9 ways to keep your PPE garments in top condition

As a Jointer, Linesman or an Electrical Engineer know that PPE garments are important, but do you know the steps you should be taking to ensure they continue to provide you with the maximum protection possible? If you’re unsure of how to keep you PPE in the best condition possible, these tips are perfect for you. 

As PPE is the last barrier that provides you with protection, whether from arc flash or chemicals, maintenance should be considered a vital step. PPE that isn’t properly stored, cleaned, and maintained can become worn or damaged, increasing your chances of being vulnerable to a risk. Follow these tips to reduce that risk: 

1. Regularly inspect for damage

Signs of damage should regularly be looked for, such as fraying, tears, and other signs you can spot with a quick look. You may be able to repair damage before it worsens but it some cases alternative PPE should be used. 

2. Store in an appropriate place

PPE should be stored in a cool, dry place that’s away from direct sunlight. It should also be away from your regular clothing. 

3. Always follow cleaning instructions 

Different PPE is likely to have different cleaning needs depending on a range of factors, such as materials, so always check the recommended steps and follow these instructions. While you might be tempted to add in fabric softener for comfort, it’s best to be avoided or used in only minimal quantities, as it can reduce the protective qualities of your garments because it leaves a film. 

4. Keep on top of cleaning

As well as sticking to the cleaning instructions, it’s important to create a routine to ensure that dirt is kept to a minimum as it can mask the garment’s properties. 

5. Dry naturally

Whether you’ve cleaned off a small part of your PPE or given it a thorough clean, allow it to try naturally rather than using a tumble dryer to speed up the process. 

6. Check fit frequently

How PPE fits will affect its conditions and effectiveness. If you’ve noticed that your garments are becoming tighter or looser in places, ensure you assess whether they’re still able to provide the protection you need. 

7. Discard after certain incidents 

If you’ve had an incident while working in PPE it’s sometimes necessary to discard the items. For example, where the PPE has become irreparable.

8. Outsource when branding 

Whether it’s a task that’s left to you or your employer is taking charge, it’s best to outsource when you’re branding your PPE. Professionals that have the right equipment are in a much better position to ensure the integrity of the threads to deliver maximum protection. You can often choose between embroidery and heat transfer branding, but we’d always recommend heat transfers as the best practice as stitching can weaken the branded area of the garment. 

9. Speak to your employer

If you’re unsure what you’re responsible for, the best place to start is with your employer. They should have a set of steps that you can follow for every day and infrequent maintenance that matches the equipment they provide.

For more tips on how to maximise the longevity of your garments contacts us at marketing@skanwear.com

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