To maximise the life of a protective garment it is important to look after it correctly, as this makes good financial sense and also contributes to sustainability – after all, the most environmentally friendly product is the one that never has to be produced. The lifetime of a garment is affected by every stage in its life, from buying through to the disposal of the workwear.
The first and most important step when it comes to investing in the safety of your personnel is to ensure they can work safely by carrying out a risk analysis. Tranemo does not take a multinorm approach, but instead develops each protective garment using materials and features that are designed to meet specific working conditions or risks - thereby giving the user the best possible protection. Our extensive experience in product development, especially with flame retardant materials, means that we can guide you to the right collections and garments. Once the risks have been identified, the next step is to find garments that are comfortable and fit well, so that everyone will be happy to use them every day. This is why we offer garments in a wide range of sizes, so that everyone can find a size that fits, which is vital to achieve full protection. We stock most of our trousers in 34 different sizes.
Every certified protective garment is supplied with user instructions that describe standards and requirements, and give tips on how to wear and look after the garment. Before a garment is used it is important to read through these instructions to learn what protection the garment provides and how it should be used. Each safety garment has a label inside that gives details of the certifications it meets, but to achieve full protection it will often be necessary to wear additional personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves and shoes.
When a garment gets dirty it should be properly washed - ideally by an industrial laundry. Regular, professional washing according to the specified care instructions is vital to preserve the level of protection that the garment offers. Due to the variations in washing processes used by different industrial laundries, Tranemo recommends that each garment type is test washed before it is put into service. The user instructions that are supplied with each garment include general washing instructions, while specific washing instructions are given inside each garment.
REFLECTIVE TAPE TRANSFERS
Reflective tape that is stitched onto a garment can feel stiff and uncomfortable - especially on a tricot fabric that is soft and flexible. To avoid this, Tranemo uses segmented reflective transfers on all tricot garments and on some lighter garments that are made from woven fabric (such as shirts) which make the garment more flexible and comfortable than they would be with 'standard' stitched-on reflective tape.
To maintain the reflectivity of transfers, Tranemo recommends washing at no more than 60°C at a neutral pH level. Do not use alkaline detergents with pH above 8, conditioners, bleach or optical brighteners. Garments with reflective transfers can be air dried, tumble dried (no more than 60°C) or tunnel dried (no more than 100°C).
MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS
After washing, the garment should be inspected by a safety engineer or other qualified person. The garment must not be used if it is damaged in any way that would affect its function or level of protection. If there is minor damage that does not necessarily affect the protection or performance of the garment, it may be repaired to maximise its useful life. Repairs must be made with identical fabrics and in accordance with Tranemo’s instructions for repair. If needed, Tranemo can provide a suitable repair kit and instructions to enable a protective garment to be repaired correctly.
REPLACEMENT – DISPOSAL
When a garment has become worn or has been exposed to flame or severe heat, it may become brittle and weakened and should then be discarded. If a garment has been exposed to chemicals that have penetrated the fabric, this may also reduce the protection level and the garment should be evaluated to determine whether it can continue to be used or must be discarded.