With the arrival of cool nights with temps dipping into the low 40’s now, winter is around the corner. Now is a good time to stop and evaluate the safety measures in cold weather for your employees. Employers should take steps to research and invest in PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). Here are tips for choosing the right Embroidered Winter Gear for your employees.
Types of Winter Clothing
When it gets cold, most people think about putting on heavy jackets, mittens, gloves, and hats to stay warm. Yes, heavy clothing is great, but sometimes they are not necessary for the type of job your employees are tasked with. It is important to think about the working environment and tasks they are required to perform.
1 Layered Clothing
Putting on multiple layers can keep you warmer than wearing one heavy layer. Employees that work in a local lumberyard wear multiple layers which help to trap precious body heat keeping them warm longer. Wool and synthetic materials used today to keep people longer even when wet from snow or rain. Here are some tips in choosing jackets:
- Don’t pick Cotton when wet with sweat, rain or snow will actually make the wearer colder.
- Certain materials when wet will restrict the movement of the wearer and decrease the level of warmth they are feeling.
The Outer layer
Most high-end jackets today have two or three layers depending on the complexity of the jacket. The outermost shell protects from the wind, rain, snow, and sleet. This layer should have Gore-Tex, eVent or H2NO to block the outdoor elements.
The Insulation Layer
This layer in your jacket should be a synthetic or down material. It provides extra loft and warmth. This layer could be worn separately or in conjunction with all the other layers of your jacket. Make sure this is a light jacket and won’t get weighted down by the elements and getting wet.
This is a common practice in summer layering but is highly effective in winter applications. This is a necessary layer. I have worn jackets that didn’t have a wind layer and felt like I had no jacket at all. This layer makes a difference significantly in how warm you feel. Some jackets have this layer built in, but here are some excellent selections for a wind layer. Marmot Reyna soft shell, Arc’teryc Venta SV softshell or Patagonia r4 Fleece shell.
The Mid Layers
The primary purpose of the mid layer is to trap warmth close to your body and keep it there. Typically this layer is made of fleece or thick wool. This layer is also highly breathable so you don’t sweat excessively and feel like you are suffocating.
The Base Layer
The base layer is the layer in your jacketing system that is most closest to your skin. This layer collects the most sweat. This layer also has the remarkable job of keeping you dry and wicking moisture away from your body. Never wear cotton as a base layer. Cotton when wet will actually make you cold and retain the moisture.
When you have employees out in the cold and wet during the winter months, a great jacketing system can mean life or death in many cases. Each one of these layers can be embroidered to brand your company and create an outdoor uniform.
At Top Stitch Embroidery Inc. we have hundreds of choices to match together to make the perfect jacketing system for your employees. You can embroider the outermost layer or embroider each layer to maximize your company branding.
Utility workers, construction workers, and lumber yard workers understand this importance. A great jacketing system while working helps them perform their job effectively and efficiently.
Before you get into the full swing of the winter season, stop into Top Stitch Embroidery and find out how we can help you.