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  • Workwear & Uniforms from Sri Lanka

    A variety of workwear made in Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka is an important sourcing destination for workwear & uniform. As it says on the tin, workwear is clothing that’s made to work in. People employed in physical or manual occupations have always worn attire specialised to the job. However, modern workwear was born during the industrial revolution, when labourers shifted en masse from the fields to work factories, on railways lines and down mines. The rigours of their work demanded clothing that was hard-wearing and protective. Fabrics like denim, corduroy and heavy drill cotton would resist wear and tear and be comparatively economical to produce, which made them ideal for manual labourers on low wages. All workwear is designed for functional requirements with minimal regard for the style and the aesthetics.

    In contrast to workwear, one wears a uniform to emphatically show one’s relationship to a particular organisation and establish and communicate one’s identity as related to it. The ease of identification or recognition has more to do with uniforms than the rigours of the duty. Police, military, and security personnel have respective uniforms to wear as do the healthcare workers and firefighters. In team sports such as Cricket, Football, Rugby, etc, sportspeople wear uniforms signifying the sports club or the country they represent - we’re using a pretty broad and simple example here because there’s a major element of advertising in the uniforms worn by the players in such sports as Cricket. Apart from these, school children wear uniforms too. A uniform gives uniformity to people belonging to a certain organisation or an institution.

    Workwear from Sri Lanka for a Range of Purposes

    Workwear should, above all, protect the wearer – far better than regular clothing is capable of. Therefore, depending on the activities performed, it must fulfil other conditions and requirements in the workshop, warehouse or production. General workwear is however designed to keep away dirt, dust and mute the effects of harsher weather particularly when manual labourers work outdoors exposed to the elements. For protection against chemicals, injuries due to cuts, heat or other hazardous substances, however, work clothing is no longer sufficient and special protective workwear is necessary.

    Mechanical Protection

    Sharp and oily objects pose significant hazards to the workers in industrial workplaces. Whereas proper handling techniques can lower the likelihood of injury, special personal protective clothing can provide a robust line of defence against cuts, lacerations, and slippery materials. Mechanical gloves, an important article of workwear, offer protection against possible lacerations, cut and bruise injuries from pointed or slippery objects.


    Chemical Protection

    There are categories of Special protective workwear that offer hand and body protection against hazardous materials such as liquid or solid chemicals, asbestos, paint, oil, grease that need to be carefully used and disposed of in some industrial settings. Also, it offers protection against health problems posed by viruses especially for those operating in the healthcare sector.


    Impact Protection

    Impact protection gloves, an article of workwear or PPE, protect the wearer’s hands from impact hazards during loading and hauling, operating heavy machinery, mixing or loading chemicals, hydraulic repair, and pumping work in the oil and gas, construction, mining, and manufacturing industries where there’s a high incidence of hand injuries and also in automotive, chemical and aerospace industries.


    Protection against Biohazards

    Reusable biosafety suits or Hazmat suits which have seen increasing usage with Coronavirus disease epidemic too are Personal Protective Equipment Gear (PPE) and type of workwear. It practically eliminates the risk of infection for the frontline healthcare workers who closely interact with the infected.


    Heat or Flame Protection

    Workwear is also worn to keep away heat and retard flames. It’s essential for factory workers, who work with ovens or furnaces which generate infernal temperature and cause unbearable heat. The special protective clothing can insulate the wearers from excessive heat. Sri Lanka manufactures a whole range of general workwear and special protective workwear for the international market.

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