Girl power – protecting the female workforce
ProGARM, the UK’s leading specialist in Arc Flash protection, has announced an innovative new product range – a comprehensive PPE clothing range for females, with the aim of enhancing the protection of women against the often life changing injuries sustained during an Arc Flash incident.
Workers across the UK are already encouraged to wear full protective Arc Flash PPE when at risk from injury, however the universal fit of safety garments and increasingly mixed gender workforces across all industries can lead to ill-fitting protective clothing or incorrect use.
Keen to address the issue, ProGARM has released the new clothing range; offering the benefits of smaller sizes and better fitting garments for women to be able to carry out their jobs without compromising on comfort or safety. The new range features UK industry firsts including a full range of polos, coveralls, trousers and underwear, not currently offered by any other Arc Flash provider across Great Britain.
The ladies-wear range even offers flame-resistant, anti-static, seam-free underwear to provide further protection to its customers. Each garment includes ThermSAFE components, which have been safety approved and tested to withstand an Arc Flash incident. Additionally, the VXS+ fabrics used in the garments are 100% inherent, providing durable Flame Resistant protection that won’t wash out.
Comfort and durability
Not only comfortable, ProGARM’s garments are also extremely durable, lasting 70% longer than other leading Arc Flash protection brands. Particularly notable is the use of ThermSAFE durable fastenings, meaning every stitch, button, popper and press-stud is flame resistant, providing enhanced and effective Arc Flash protection.
Jarl Coldrick, International Sales Manager at ProGARM, said: “Increasingly we’ve seen women struggle with the one-size-fits-all safety garments, which not only impedes their job but more importantly contributes to safety compromises as they’re wearing bulky items, which leads to sleeves being rolled up or jackets being undone.
“As part of our ongoing commitment to safety and industry innovation we’ve consulted women across a number of industries to address their main concerns and consider how we can work around the problems they encounter with Arc Flash protective clothing. It quickly became clear that the main issue was the need for a more tailored fit and smaller sizes to increase the wear-ability of the safety garments.”