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At Keltic, as one of the UK’s leading uniform clothing suppliers, we’re more keen than most for people to look really smart, and to wear the correct uniform for their job role, as well as to feel comfortable and special in their uniform clothes.
The San Francisco Examiner recently reported on an interesting situation that related to this. A “Patrol Special” police officer was recently sacked for wearing the incorrect uniform wear. The officer, who had been nominated for a medal for disarming a gunman during a fatal shootout, had failed to wear his navy jacket and trousers, which had a distinctive blue stripe down the side, on 37 occasions during 2009 and 2010.
However, the article also reports that he also failed to show up to various training courses, amongst other issues. So as with many of these seemingly straightforward stories, there’s more than the headline implies. However, there’s food for thought here. Would you take a chance and not wear your uniform if you knew your job was on the line?
Anyone interested in the history of the corporate uniform should get themselves to The National Maritime Museum in London over the summer.
The museum has over 7000 corporate uniform items – one of the biggest collections we know of. Highlights include a captain’s full dress coat of the same 1774 pattern worn by Captain Cook, and three coats belonging to Lord Nelson including the uniform he was wearing when fatally wounded at Trafalgar.
There is also a superb example of one of the first Royal Navy corporate uniforms.
Anyone with an interest in the history of uniform design and manufacture, as well as more broadly in dress codes and fashions since 1600, should give it a visit!
Don’t forget this month’s great special offer, which is open to current company uniform customers only. As our way of thanks and to show our appreciation for your continued business, simply refer a friend in another department or organisation and we’ll send both you and them a bottle of champagne when they place their first order for company uniforms.
We are now a leading uniform company down to our valued customers. Both our loyal customers and new arrivals we feel need to be rewarded for their continued business. Please call me for details!
The short answer is no. 99% of wearers can safely and comfortably wear standard sizes Small to XXXL, and good body armour can be adjusted at several points so it fits even more closely. For very tall wearers, it’s advisable to purchase bodyarmour with extra length to ensure the lower internal organs are adequately covered.
For wearers outside the standard S – XXXL and some ladies who require a ‘D’ cup fitting or larger, special sizes may be necessary both from a comfort and protection point of view.
If you have any concerns or queries on this important matter, just give us a call, or comment on this post.
Would you buy a second hand parachute that you didn’t know the history of, strap it to your back, jump out of a plane and hope for the best? Us neither. But people who buy second hand body armour, which could be well past its shelf life, could have been tampered with, and could have been subjected to trauma in the past that may impede its future performance, are doing exactly that.
We would liken it to “ringer” cars, that have been in a crash and superficially repaired, but may not meet even minimum safety standards and may crumple in a crash when it really matters.
If you’re a local authority, university, part of the NHS, or a blue chip company, we would strongly recommend only buying Home Office certified body armour, manufactured in a UKAS ISO 9001 accredited factory. This is the minimum standard for adequately fulfilling your duty of care for employees that could be exposed to stab, spike or ballistic risks.
Well, we hope that’s food for thought – have a great Bank Holiday weekend, and do click back for more body armour blogs next week!
At Keltic, we’re always keen to keep in touch with our customers and be involved in new developments and events. We believe a good relationship between customer and supplier brings great trust, which leads to a more efficient and enjoyable process for all.
One valued customer who we regularly supply corporate suits for, Worsbrough Brass band will be travelling to Schwabish Gmund in Germany this July for a forthcoming tour. The band was formed in 1993 by a group of children and their parents. Only a small group with not much funding, their enthusiasm and talent secured them a national lottery award to fund for a new set of instruments. Since then they have gone from strength to strength, and have won numerous awards including the recent 2010 win as ‘Yorkshire Area Championships’.
Schwabish Gmund in Germany is the twin town of Barnsley; apparently it is another mining town but whereas Barnsley was a coal mining town they mine for Gold. This year is the 40th celebrations for the twinning of the towns and Worsbrough Brass are going as guests of a local German Band. During the 6 days they will perform at 4 concerts, a friendly football match, and a beer and sausage evening, enjoying a barbeque of the delicious local meats before they leave. A number of the band have visited the region before and reported that it’s a very beautiful area.
For their upcoming tour, we have kitted them out in our formal uniform suits and matching bow ties and scarves. To show our support, in exchange for their loyal custom we have sponsored their corporate shirts.
If any of our customers reading this would like to be involved in future blogs, please get in touch. We’d love to feature your organisation, and if you have a great photo like this one showing off your new look, all the better!
Further to our post last week, what is body armour?, we wanted to talk about the most widely used type of body armour in the UK – stab vests. Stab vests protect the vital inner organs from knives and sharp/edged weapons.
In the UK, the Home Office Scientific Development Branch (HOSDB) is responsible for setting the standards for stab protection. Knife Resistance Level 1, known as “KR1”, and Spike Resistance Level 1, known as “SP1” is the stab protection recommended by the HOSDB for general police duties. Knife Resistance Level 2 (“KR2”) & Spike Resistance Level 2 (“SP2) is the stab protection recommended by the HOSDB for more dangerous police duties, such as armed patrol in higher risk situations such as escorting prisoners and airport patrols.
The “Spike” bit of “Spike Resistance” refers to spiked implements like screwdrivers, chisels etc. It’s important to note that unless a stab vest is certified to SP1 or SP2, it may not protect adequately from spikes. Spikes are a growing threat due to the ease of obtaining improvised weapons (more on this in future posts).
More importantly, however, please note that it isn’t illegal to sell stabvests that aren’t certified by the Home Office – these are widely available. The onus is on the employer to ensure their staff are adequately protected. In our experience, local authorities, blue chip companies and all organisations that wish to properly protect their staff and fulfill their duty of care insist on Home Office certified stab vests.
As well as knives and spikes, which are covered by the Home Office standards, there are other threats your staff may be exposed to which aren’t covered by a governing body. There is no Home Office standard for syringe protection or for blunt trauma (body blows) protection, but these are very significant threats. We’ll be looking at these threats in more detail in future posts.
Why not post a comment (or email or call us) with your thoughts on this very important topic?
This season patterned blouses are continuing to be a big trend in the corporate wear market, especially in the summer time. Patterns including stripes, checks, spades, diamonds and everything in between are ideal choices for uniforms in and out of the office.
What people want from their uniforms in the summer is comfortable, breathable and fashionable clothing, easy to maintain and looking good throughout the day. Printed workwear blouses are a comfortable fit and offer plenty of room, enough length so it doesn’t creep up when sitting down and sleeves that aren’t too tight. Also fabrics that are soft touch which don’t cling are ideal for comfort in the summer.
Patterned workwear blouses also come in a variety of colours, ideal to match with your company colours or to offer plenty of choice if you have a large number of staff to provide uniforms for. Your staff will certainly thank you for a comfortable blouse with a smart pencil or long line skirt if this lovely weather continues.
Leave a comment or contact us if you want us to blog on more useful information on your summer uniforms.
Further to our very popular “Win a corporate suit prize draw”, where Chris from Wyre Forest Council was the lucky winner of a suit worth £350, we just wanted to let everyone know about this month’s offer.
This month, if you sign up to our newsletter, you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win a huge hamper full of delicious chocolate! Our occasional newsletter is designed to keep you up to date with the latest news about our garment ranges, as well as special offers and giveaways. There’ll be enough chocolate to last you through to next Easter, so why not sign up now?
Purchasing body armour can be a daunting task; after all it’s literally a matter of life and death. Every organisation has a duty of care to ensure its staff are properly protected from risks. However, by asking a handful of key questions and taking on board the guidance from the Home Office, the right decision can be made fairly simply, meaning you can rest easy that you’re giving your staff the correct protection.
To assist those who’ve been tasked with procuring body armour for their organisation, each week we’ll walk you through a different aspect of the body armour field, giving you a step by step guide to the key considerations you should be taking on board. This should then ensure you have all the information needed to make an informed choice as to which body armour to issue to your staff.
Our first instalment starts with the most basic question, what is body armour? This question is not as daft as it may sound – in a market where there are products that are described as “slash proof” that barely stop a Stanley knife; we believe clarity is of the utmost importance.
Bodyarmour is a protective system, designed to protect the wearer from death and serious injury while still being flexible and lightweight enough to allow easy movement in their job. It’s very important to stress that no body armour can protect from all threats in all circumstances – body armour is stab, spike or bullet resistant to a particular level. These levels are set by the Home Office, and anyone looking to adequately protect their staff should ensure they choose Home Office certified body armour. We’ll post more about Home Office protection levels in the next few weeks.
The two main categories of body armour are stab resistant (stab vests) and bullet resistant (ballistic vests). The best ballistic vests usually also incorporate knife protection as well (hence they are “dual purpose” vests) – but this is not always the case and it is very important to check. There are also other risks that your staff may be exposed to – for instance spikes (screwdrivers, ice picks), syringes and blunt trauma (body blows). These will all be dealt with in the coming weeks so please check back next week, and do post a comment or email us if you’d like any further information in the meantime.