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All about workwear

Learn about work wear apparel for work here.

The situation and the work area to work dictates which form of protective clothing is required. It can be very different requirements and also we are all different - physically. Therefore, it is not only important to choose the right clothing, but also essential for "the work can be performed safely and without risks to health.". In addition, there will be all the personal requirements for clothing as comfort, movement and, above regulatory requirements.

In this guide you will be helped in choosing proper clothing and know what you should take into account.

Step 1. Considerations for work clothing

As mentioned depends on clothing much of the situation and the work performed. When you need to find and choose proper clothing must consider the following:

Work clothes must protect the user from:

  • Temperature - heat and cold

  • wind

  • humidity - rain, snow, sea water, hosing

  • Sunshine

  • chemical exposure

  • mechanical effects

  • accidents

Must give the user:

  • Freedom of movement

  • comfort

  • fleksibility

  • hygiene

  • identity

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Description of workwear properties



Heat exposure

The clothes should be light and fluffy (cotton), but must be able to cover the skin sufficient to the task.

Cold exposure

Layered clothing that insulates but breathes. The quality of undergarments is crucial.

Changing temperatures

Layered clothing that breathes. Thermo underwear directly to the body.

Wind exposure

Windproof clothing.


Rainwear, which is water repellent, but where the skin can breathe.


The sun's rays are carcinogenic, and the skin must be protected with a covering clothing or cream.

Chemical exposure

Specifically workwear for handling acids and bases. All chemicals are toxic for the human skin and therefore needs covering workwear/gloves, if necessary eye and respiratory protection.

Mechanical effects

Durable reinforcement / protection on exposed areas (knee pads).


Depending on the work function: fire resistant, cut resistant, visibility (color/reflectors). Footwear must provide adequate protection.

Free movement

Relevant sizes should be available. The clothes must not snarl, but provide mobility.


The clothes should be comfortable to wear - physically and mentally. Sensible clothing may well be smart / fashinable - it promotes the wise use.


The more different work clothes cover, the better usability.


The clothing must prevent dust formation and protect against skin contamination. Must withstand cleaning / washing.


Workwear clothes often need to show a company's identity which can be an important feature. But it should not be at the expense of performance in general.

Step 2. Selection of workwear

When one has done its thinking it is easier to find out what type of clothing you're looking for.


Generally when talking about clothing when it comes to protecting people talk really about working clothes. Work wear can not be classified alone, there are various types, which are described here.

Common to all work clothing / workwear is that it should be clean before you use it. However, there are certain exceptions for some clothing types (eg. Disposable suits and chemical suits). One has to read the instructions supplied with what the manufacturer recommends.


Clothing for protection against rain (EN 343)

Winter clothing

Clothing for protection against cold (EN 342)

Welding protective clothing (fire retardant)

Welding Clothing or fire retardant clothing as it is called must meet a number of EU standards as described here (Simplified). Common to them all is to give the best protection against the situations the user may be exposed.

We make it easy since we have a proprietary fabric that meets all the requirements and even negative environmental impacts. You can find more about it here:

VARMEX Flame retardant welding clothing

EU Norms welding clothing

Clothing for use in welding and allied processes. The standard specified for Class I and II - EN ISO 11611: 2007 (formerly EN 470)

Clothing for protection against heat and flame. - EN ISO 11612: 2008 (formerly EN 531)

Light ray test - EN 61482-1-2: 2007 (formerly EN 50354)

Protective clothing - protection against heat and fire - Materials, material combinations and clothes with limited flame spread. - EN ISO 14116: 2008

Protective clothing - Electrostatic properties - Part 1: Test method for measurement of surface resistivity. - EN 1149-1: 2006

Disposable clothing and chemical suits

Chemical suits are also known as disposable clothing. However, it is not always correct since there are suits for multiple use. Chemical suits and disposable suits to protect against dust, particles and chemicals - depending on the suit.

See also chemical suits

Fluorescent clothing

(also called warning clothes)

  • The requirement for visibility is considered met if advarselsklæderne is tested and classified and approved in relation to the standard DS / EN 471. This standard specifies requirements for the clearly visible warning clothes.

  • Warning clothing is divided into three classes based on their minimum area of visible wear material and retroreflective material.


Class 3

Class 2

Class 1

Support material

0,8 m2

0,50 m2

0,14 m2

Retro Reflective material

0,2 m2

0,13 m2

0,10 m2

Material with a combined warning function



Or* 0,20 m2

* Class 1 warning clothing can either be of 0.14 m2 carrier and 0.10 m2 retroreflective material or it may consist of 0.20 m2 material with combined warning function.

Example of warning garments:

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