Hygiene Workwear: What It is and Why It's Important

Hygiene Workwear: What It is and Why It’s Important

The term ‘workwear’ is a fairly broad term that, thanks to the evolution of the language, now includes any clothing a person might wear at work. Within the broader definition are more defined distinctions. For example, people who work in food production and the healthcare industry might wear hygiene workwear. Clothing items in this category are designed with the understanding that clothing can pass germs and other contaminants.

Alsco, the Utah company that pioneered uniform rental in the late 19th century, says that uniform providers define hygiene workwear in different ways. It all depends on the clients they serve and the industries those clients are involved with. In Alsco’s case, they provide hygienically clean uniforms for healthcare and food service. They also provide uniforms for other industries.

In short, hygiene workwear is clothing designed to minimize the risks of spreading contaminants and disease. The thing to understand is that this sort of workwear only reaches its full potential when combined with certain practices. Those practices are outlined below.

Clean Uniforms Daily

The foundation of a hygiene workwear program is a clean uniform daily. In other words, workers do not wear the same uniform multiple days in a row. The idea here is to deal with soiled uniforms at the end of each working day. A company getting its uniforms from Alsco would instruct employees to put soiled uniforms into a laundry bag or hamper and don a new uniform the next day.

Hand-in-hand with daily uniforms is the idea that uniforms should never leave the premises except when being retrieved by a laundry service representative. Workers should not be taking their uniforms home with them. Why? Because they can bring contaminants with them back into the workplace. As such, clean uniforms are stored on-site in a clean dressing room …

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