Workwear and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are a necessary expenditure across many businesses; the cost of such can be high, and a common area in which businesses look to reduce outlay. From hospitality uniforms to workwear such as overalls and polo shirts, to hi-viz wear such as luminous waistcoats and jackets, all workwear and PPE requires aftercare while needing to conform to the relevant health and safety standards, but at what cost? Here we will outline the top 3 ways to reduce the cost of workwear across your business while still maintaining safety compliance.

How to Reduce PPE Costs

Getting the Best Return on your Investment

More businesses are attempting to source workwear on a limited budget, the result being poor, short-lived workwear. This can leave your staff feeling discouraged as their workwear is of poor quality. Such low quality can also mean uncomfortable workwear, but worst of all, it can also contribute to worker’s not being able to perform their job effectively. Sourcing cheap workwear can lead to a great deal of problems, from low quality stitching leading to tears after minimal wear to colours fading with only a small number of washes. Longevity challenges such as these can be avoided by considering the quality of your workwear when determining firstly which supplier you use and secondly, which laundering service you use. By spending the minimum, more likely than not, it will lead to spending more in the long run. So by proposing an increased budget on your initial workwear, you can gain better value for your money in the long-term, with workwear that is going to last longer and give your company the best return on investment. A larger initial capital outlay, can provide savings through improved work speed and staff confidence, as well as reducing the number of times you have to deny equipment for comfort, can increase efficiency with major cost savings as a result.

Optimal Performance with Professional Aftercare

Keeping PPE at optimal performance can be achieved through professional aftercare such as dry cleaning, which helps to maintain the reflectivity and performance of garments, whilst also improving the safety of employees. Doing so however can be pricey, in fact many employees feel their workwear is expensive to maintain. The argument often arises where staff are unable to regularly dry-clean, iron or press some uniform items on a daily basis to meet with a company’s strict uniform guidelines. As a business, you can prevent causing your employees unnecessary stress by ensuring the workwear and PPE you provide is both practical and doesn’t require out of hours aftercare. Your chosen laundering service should be carefully considered in order to increase longevity and promote quality, comfort and visual appeal. In order to ease your employees’ monetary concerns whilst maintaining your workwear policy, ensure that your staff know that most workers are eligible to claim back tax on washing their uniform, enabling them to maintain the quality of their workwear and increase longevity, without breaking the bank.

Scheduling Routine Stock Checks

Maintaining a stable and high quality workforce can increase both staff retention and the overall appearance of your workforce. Improved appearance has a lot to do with regular upkeep, of which can be achieved from scheduling routine uniform and stock checks. By completing routine stock checks and regulating stock order and use, not only can you ensure that your PPE is fit for purpose, you can also ensure equipment and clothing is allocated according and not bought in excess. Unrestricted access to PPE can run the risk of employees taking more equipment than needed, for it to be discarded prematurely or for it to be poorly cared for. A more controlled system ensures the right equipment is distributed to the right people, and that each item is used to its maximum life cycle, and no longer than is safe. It also allows you to monitor the life expectancy of your equipment, review suppliers, and supply accordingly, helping to lower your outlay.

Lowering Costs across your Business

We hope you’ve found our top three tips helpful. For more information on gaining optimal performance and professional aftercare, contact us today.