Safety Footwear, Price, Brand and Your Expectations

An earlier article ‘Behind Branded, Good Value and Cheap Workwear’ highlighted the fact that once branding is taken out of the equation you get what you pay for when choosing safety workwear. Especially if the workwear meets your requirements and lasts long enough to provide real value-for-money then job is done. The same observations can also be levelled at workplace footwear.

Heavily branded safety footwear isn't always an indicator of quality. Discover the other considerations that will help make an informed purchasing decision!

Heavily branded safety footwear isn’t always an indicator of quality. Discover the other considerations that will help make an informed purchasing decision!

Obviously, the power of branding has a say on an items ticket price. For example, looking at safety footwear, there is always that question do buyers associate a recognised, fashion brand coupled with price as an indicator of product quality? If you are cost-conscious perhaps you should consider four points towards making an informed purchase:

  1. Price
  2. Product specification
  3. The EN standards the footwear meets
  4. The job the item is required to do

Ultimately, fashion-brand prices aside, you do get what you pay for. Wray Bros has noticed a recent change in attitudes to price.  There was a time when cheaper the better was the request. As budgets get tighter the thinking has changed to consider the frequency of replenishing stock.  The initial outlay may be more but some buyers have found it better value to look at the lifespan of their workwear purchases by buying quality, rugged items fit-for-purpose rather than on price alone.

One aspect the buyer should consider are the EN standards a garment or safety boot meets is an indication of the standard the product is manufactured to meet and is not an indication of the durability of the item.  There is a duty of care of the user to look after their workwear. A high vis jacket fresh out of the pack will state that it is fully certified and tested to standards such as EN ISO 20471/EN471 & EN343 etc. but if the jacket is mistreated daily, left covered in dirt, grime and everyday soilage then obviously those visibility standards would be compromised.  The same is true of safety boots, safety shoes, safety wellington boots and safety trainers.

For a common sense approach to value-for-money safety footwear we are on-hand with advice and wholesale prices to help make you look good. For more information and prices on safety footwear visit the Wray Bros website or why not pop-in to the trade counter to see the protective clothing and safety footwear range?

Further reading

Keeping Cleaning Staff Safe and Clean Whilst Valeting and Caring for Cars

If you supply a car care and valeting service your professional cleaners are possibly in danger of being exposed to potentially harmful substances over a prolonged period of time.

Dangers can become apparent if you use products incorrectly and find there is contact between skin and product, or splashed into your eyes. Skin irritation in the form of dermatitis can occur if you are not careful around the substances. Another problem is breathing in the vapour of the cleaning products. The vapour has two dangers; they can be narcotic to breathe in and are also highly flammable in most cases.

Use PPE and cleaning products properly to avoid possible dangers when car valeting such as skin irritation and splashes to the eyes

Use PPE and cleaning products properly to avoid possible dangers when car valeting such as skin irritation and splashes to the eyes

Compare Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)

Wray Bros have readily available safety data sheets to accompany its car valeting chemicals and you should compare these with a number of suppliers before choosing which cleaning product is for you. Always ensure that hazardous cleaning products that you use to valet a car are within sealed containers to limit the exposure to you. An open bucket of solvents and water could be harmful to you as you breathe in the vapours and your skin comes into direct contact with the water.

Be Aware and Avoid Direct Contact

When valeting the size of the vehicles can change and the intensity of the cleaning required can change. As long as you are completely aware of what is required and your staff are trained to deal with all aspects of cleaning in a safe manner then you should be able to avoid any contact between dangerous substances and skin. When working inside a vehicle ensure that all windows are open to allow for ventilation. If a pressure wash is required ensure that all equipment is maintained and any cabling and connections are working fine before commencing.

Wear the Right Protective Clothing

Wray Bros can provide the protective clothing suitable for car valeting, as well the industrial ppe supplies that includes eye protection and gloves that extend to protect the forearms as well as the hands. High standards of personal hygiene and cleanliness can help you prevent dermatitis from occurring.

If you are using full pressure washers and strong detergents you may wish to use full waterproof clothing. Wray Bros appreciate the dangers at hand and the cleaning chemical supplies used for car valeting are of the highest quality and come with all the supporting safety sheets and documents you need to be fully aware. You can also find in our website a range of disposable gloves and more durable protective grip gloves as well as other required PPE such as safety glasses.

Not only will we make you look good you’ll find everything you need to keep your customer’s car clean and your hands safe.