PPE That Looks Cool Without Sacrificing Safety

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PPE That Looks Cool Without Sacrificing Safety

PPE is becoming increasingly high-tech. Workers are sporting new cut resistant materials, Bluetooth, and even wearable technology like back harnesses that track lifting form and habits. But one of the biggest trends emerging in safety protection equipment is also one of the simplest – looking cool.
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By Shannon Chalfant, Staff Writer, Magid

PPE is becoming increasingly high-tech. Workers are sporting new cut resistant materials, Bluetooth, and even wearable technology like back harnesses that track lifting form and habits. But one of the biggest trends emerging in safety protection equipment is also one of the simplest – looking cool.
 

According to one safety manager, “One of the biggest recent trends is employees’ desire to have their safety gear look as cool and perform as well as their weekend gear. Workers who like to hunt, fish, or ski are familiar with the best in moisture-wicking, breathable fabrics, as well as comfortable compression fit gear. Given that familiarity, a pair of brown jersey gloves and a cotton duck coat and coveralls just doesn’t cut it anymore. PPE has to look cool and work well.”


While some styles look better than others, personal protection products must first and foremost keep workers safe, even if that means sacrificing style for safety. But whenever you can combine keeping workers safe and looking cool, it actually improves compliance.

 


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Top PPE Style Trends to Keep Workers Looking Cool

Here are some of the top styles workers want to see in their PPE:

Photo of hi-visibility colored gloves

Hi-visibility colors

Photo of sporty gloves

Sporty gloves

Photo of custom branded glove

Branded gear/customized clothing options

Photo of FR clothing

Modern FR options such as jeans, lighter FR shirts with designs, jackets, and other items that offer off-the-job or weekend clothing styles

Photo of safety glasses

Safety glasses with trendy designs and unique color combinations

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If you’re not sure what your workers will like, just ask! They’ll feel empowered and you won’t waste time guessing.

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