As with almost everything you buy, there is the chance that you might not receive what you request and pay for and safety gear such as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Workwear used by you or your staff is no exception.

There are many Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Workwear suppliers in South Africa. Whether you’ve been buying from the same supplier for years or you’re buying from a new supplier, it’s good to make sure you’re getting what you’re paying for.

Following are some helpful tips that will hopefully help you make the right decisions. By asking the right questions before you make your purchase, you make it easier for both sides to get the right equipment the first time.

What environment will the equipment be used in?

Workwear or PPE can be purchased for a few reasons, such as:

Entry-Level Gear: employers may purchase entry-level garments so that staff don’t damage their clothes. These are often for lower risk industries such as gardening, packaging etc. Employers in these industries prefer 80/20 Poly Cotton, 65/35 Polycotton & J54 100% Cotton Conti Suits and are normally based on budget, for example, an 80/20 Polycotton Conti Suit is cheaper than a J54 100% cotton Conti Suit, which is more expensive but more breathable and comfortable, due to the cotton content.

Hazard Specific Protection: this workwear or personal protective equipment is purchased to protect the user from any incident that will cause them bodily harm like, Petro Chemical, Electric Arc Flash, Mining, Fire, Chemicals, etc where Flame Acid, Arc Suits, J54, Nomex & Poly Viscose suits are required. This workwear is often governed by specific standards such as SABS, SANS, ISO and NFPA in the case of fire garments.

Be Specific

When requesting quotes for safety wear always try to be as precise as possible and include the following information:

  • Garment type / product: e.g. D59 Flame Suit / Leather Welding Glove
  • Nature of use / Industry: e.g. Welding (whether you do or don’t know which garment or product you need, inserting this info will ensure that the supplier quotes you on a garment fit for purpose)
  • Number of employees or Quantity: e.g. 500 staff – 3 suits per person or 1500 units.
  • Including the above information will assist the supplier with providing you pricing that is accurate and Workwear that suits your specific needs.


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