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 – Duty stab vest
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.
Keltic now offer the biggest range of magnum footwear in the UK. Magnum are widely acknowledged to be the best quality boots on the market. Their boots are used by a number of armed forces, and are ideal for all tough work requirements.
magnum footwear – the Strider Shoe
Our range of Magnum Boots includes options that aren’t available anywhere else such as the magnum strider, a lightweight, water resistant, highly breathable, highly durable and extremely comfortable shoe that we designed in conjunction with Magnum.
Keltic are one of the UK’s leading uniform suppliers, specialising in supplying councils, NHS and universities, and our range of Hi tec magnum boots and shoe are available for next day delivery on receipt of an official purchase order from any public sector organisation.
As experts in this field we are continuing to develop new products at an impressive rate, and our expertise is at your service in relation to footwear and all other uniform items.
Following on from last week’s summer uniform instalment, another ideal piece of security guard clothing for the summer months is our summer patrol vest.
This brand new piece of security guard uniform is adapted to perform in hot conditions, made from highly breathable lightweight micromesh fabric and includes all the features required by security staff including epaulettes, radio loops and pockets. The micromesh fabric allows maximum airflow for the increasingly hot British summers!
It’s also very important for security staff to be visible on their duties so our summer patrol vest is ideal as this meets the BS EN471 class 2 safety standard incorporating EN471 level 2 glass bead reflective tape.
summer security guard uniform
Providing staff with clothing and equipment adapted to their needs, be it thermals for the winter, correct footwear or breathable clothing can make all the difference to their working environment. Happy, comfortable staff will perform to the best of their ability and help to feel part of a valued team if provided with suitable uniforms.
Watch this space for further summer security guard clothes advice while this glorious weather continues!
On a hot day like this, polo shirts are an ideal uniform piece to wear whilst at work. The polo shirt teams up both a casual and smart look, keeping you comfortable throughout the working day.
Ideal corporate workwear for the summer
Corporate work wear such as polo shirts and t-shirts are constantly adapting to suit wearers’ needs. Ranges now include lady fit options for female staff for a more feminine look and most now come in a variety of different colours, ideal to match a corporate colour of your company. New designs including tipped polo shirts and contrast designs are also becoming very popular.
Ideal summer corporate workwear clothing
A new development in the workwear and corporate clothing sector now includes performance active fabrics. New wicking fabrics have been introduced which provide improved air circulation and allow moisture to escape easily through the garment, keeping you cool and dry. This is a great addition to a uniform if you are in and out of the office and need your uniforms to look smart and fresh throughout the day.
For further details on our full range of performance active wear then leave us a comment or send your questions in via our contact page.
I think we can all join in and say we wish Prince William and Kate all the best tomorrow for their big day. To celebrate we held our own little street party to congratulate the couple.
There has been much debate as to dress code regarding the Royal wedding, what is the most popular attire for such big events. There has been much speculation as to whether the formal uniform of top hat and tails are going to be the big hit or lounge jackets and dress jackets. The Telegraph reports Prime Minister David Cameron has been undecided as to what uniform would be most appropriate when attending.
We are all expecting Prince William to be dressed in his Military uniform as part of tradition and all our eyes eagerly await to see Kate’s dress, reported to be of her own choice and style, moving away from tradition of previous Royal weddings.
Whether people are digging out their ceremonial uniforms and heading to London, joining in street parties or watching it on the big screen, I’m sure tomorrow will be a great success and a Royal wedding to be remembered.
We’re very excited to say that we’ve just held the prize draw for our ‘Win a suit worth £350’ competition! There were hundreds of entries, with the winner literally being pulled out of a hat (one of our lovely uniform caps!).
The lucky hat
Simon Parrot, Area Sales Manager for leading corporate suits manufacturer Brook Taverner kindly visited our offices to make the draw, and the lucky winner was Chris Tudor of Wyre Forest District Council. Chris was delighted with the win, and when Chris has picked his preferred suit we’ll be sure to post a photo of him looking dapper!
This is just one of many prize draws we’ll be holding throughout the year. Everyone who signs up to our newsletter is automatically entered into the draw and is eligible to win. Our occasional newsletter provides information on special offers and upcoming developments to our uniform suits and other ranges.
Simon Parrot picks the winner
We chose a uniform suit as an introductory prize – but chocolate lovers among you should look out this May for our great chocolate hamper giveaway!
To be in with a chance to win a hamper of chocolate goodies just sign up to our newsletter.
Now the sun is shining, the time has come to start looking into your summer uniforms for your security staff. Find the ideal summer security clothes starting with our Patrol Mac.
Summer Patrol Mac
An important part of a security guard’s uniform is an ultra-light Jacket. Our Patrol Mac is perfect for these hot summer days due to its light weight properties and breathability. Our Patrol Mac also exceeds the highest level of waterproofness at EN343 (Class 3) by more than four times, which is ideal for rainy days but fingers crossed the rain stays at bay!
This summer clothing for security comes complete with all the features for security staff including epaulettes, radio loops, breast and lower pockets and lightweight and breathable glass head reflective tape – ideal for summer use. This is supplied in a stuff sack which fits neatly onto a utility belt pouch.
Dry and cool garments are always ideal for dealing with uncertain temperatures. We will blog on further security clothing and equipment next week; the next step to getting your ideal security summer clothing.
An article posted by the BBC reports ambulance crews have faced a discipline on wearing silly socks as part of their ambulance clothing to work. Health chiefs have reported novelty socks with slogans and images are “inappropriate” and “unprofessional” whilst on duty. This new ambulance uniform policy includes shirts to be tucked in at all times, footwear to be fully polished and uniforms to be clean and laundered, the list goes on however many feel the silly socks ban is a step too far.
Many companies have strict uniform regulations, and such as the above they can be quite comical. However it does bring to light some items of clothing can be unprofessional depending on what profession you are in.
We will continue to keep you updated with recent uniform news articles, watch this space!
This year, Keltic are sponsoring the British Parking Association Wales Group, and we very much enjoyed yesterday’s group meeting in Newtown. We love Wales, so the drive through the beautiful Powys countryside was an added bonus.
The meeting included lots of really interesting dialogue about such issues as pavement parking, hospital parking and blue badge fraud. It was one of the more lively meetings we’ve been to, and also one of the best attended. Thanks to everyone who took the time to come and see our display of parking and warden uniform – it was a pleasure meeting you all. We can’t wait for the next one on July 20th.
Easter egg prize draw
Keltic held a prize draw with the opportunity to win a giant Easter egg, and BPA Chairman Graham Brown did us the honour of pulling the lucky name out of the box. The winner who received an overly large Hotel Chocolat Egg was Arllette Brown, Senior Developments Manager for the successful Park Mark Scheme. Arllette mentioned that the Park Mark Scheme has recently signed up Cardiff Football Club, who are of course keen to contribute to keeping their customers and their vehicles safe whilst on their premises. Park Mark is increasing its campaign across Wales to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour in car parks.
David with lucky winner
Keltic hope to contribute further to the BPA Wales group at future meetings with a discussion of how enforcement uniforms have developed over the years, and where they’re going in the future. Parking and warden uniforms are a major factor in the public perception of on street staff, and we hope to share our experience of working with over 200 local authorities across the UK, and more importantly, to get the feedback of the BPA Wales Group members.
Wearing uniforms for security roles can provide all the benefits of looking smart, feeling part of a unified team and presenting a professional image to the public. However research by G4S Security Services (UK) have recently reported that uniforms can also help the wearer feel more secure.
It’s reported that by wearing a uniform, the wearer believes this reduces the likelihood of an attack or potential violent situation. According to G4S Security Services (UK) almost twice as many men than women believe this to be true.
Can security uniforms help you feel secure?
One thing the sexes did agree on was the purpose of security uniforms, both reaching the same conclusion of making the wearer more identifiable to the public and to create a corporate identity for their organisation.
This study will be interesting to security providers and security uniform suppliers alike, and seems to support the traditional idea that an authoritarian uniform engenders respect – particularly amongst the male population.
On our blog, we discuss every aspect of uniforms, and always blog at least three times a week. Check back for more thought-provoking topics, or why not leave a comment?