One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to safety gear. The sizes of work clothing and protective equipment have traditionally been for the average male worker. This equipment doesn’t necessarily fit female employees and many men.
Fortunately, there is a much greater variety of sizing available today; you just have to look for it. If you aren’t finding the right sizes for your workers, keep searching. Consult a variety of suppliers. Look in the Yellow Pages and industry business directories for leads. Ask the retail outlet to contact wholesalers for more sizes. Talk to your company safety officer, who probably has a collection of catalogs from safety clothing outlets and may have dealt with this problem before.
Talk to your crew members and make sure work clothing and Personal Protective Equipment fit well. Take complaints seriously because ill-fitting gear can be ineffective and hazardous. Uncomfortable clothing and equipment is less likely to be worn.
Besides sourcing out the safety gear supplied by the company, you can also help your workers by providing them with a list of outside suppliers for items they purchase themselves such as safety footwear.
Today’s workforce is diverse. Women are working alongside men in all industries. Workers come from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds, which means quite a difference in size requirements.
The work clothing and safety equipment manufacturers have not always kept up to the demand for different sizes, but times are changing. When you put some effort into searching, you should be able to find the right equipment for your workers.