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The Best Pants for Working Outdoors: Trousers that Keep Workers Safe

Posted by Xamax on 20/09/17 13:35

Most on-site workers consider Hi-Vis vests, hard hats, safety glasses, earplugs, and safety harnesses as PPE that keeps everyone safe, but many do not consider that what you put on the bottom has an effect too. It’s common to walk by construction sites in the summer and see workers wearing shorts and hi-vis vests with no t-shirt, but is that safe? Some sites have issued citations for those who work with hot tar wearing shorts on site who have sustained burns since appropriate PPE dictates that workers must wear whatever protects them from hazards on site.





Whilst technically the use of short trousers or long pants should be determined by your site’s health and safety policy, there are many benefits to wearing longer pants, such as protecting skin from UV rays, all the way to preventing cuts and burns or deep cuts that can get easily infected. Just that little bit of extra protection can really make all the difference. Pants are the way to go on site, so what are the best pants for working outdoors? Here’s a look at trousers that keep workers safe.

Cargo Trousers

Quality cargo trousers are usually made of strong fabrics with reinforced pockets and belt loops for storage. For those on site who work with, say, wood, you can easily store pencils, tape measures, and basic tools in cargo pockets. Many offer additional knee reinforcement for longer wear as well.

Some recommended examples include:

  • Dickies Duo Tone Grafter Trousers
    • Made of 100% cotton
    • Cordura® knee pads pouches to fit WD120 knee pads
    • Triple stitch details
    • Reinforced belt loops
    • Front slanted entry bellow pockets
    • Rear tear release fastened pockets
    • Cargo and mobile phone pockets
    • Hammer loop
    • Part elasticated waistband
    • 4 colour options
  • Dickies Eisenhower Work Trouser
    • Cordura® external knee pad pouches
    • Velcro waist adjustment
    • Hammer loop
    • Back patch pockets with stud fastening
    • Metal button fastened zip with waistband attachment
    • Rule pocket and cargo pockets
    • 3  colour options
  • Uneek Ladies Cargo Trousers

    • Poly Cotton blend for comfort (65% / 25%)
    • Reinforced belt loops
    • Metal button at the waist
    • Thigh pockets with velcro flaps
    • Rear and Side pockets with velcro flaps
    • Flat front
    • 2 colour options
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Work Coveralls

For those who work in airplane hangars, in a mechanic shop, in a factory, as a fighter pilot, or a lab, work coveralls protect your entire body from harm. To get you through the year you’ll need a lighter pair of coveralls for summer, and a padded pair for winter; some coveralls are designed for warmth, others breathability, and others for protection so you’ll have to determine what works best for your industry.

Examples of high-quality coveralls:

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Hi-Vis Trousers

Hi-Visibility clothing is perfect for those who work outdoors at dusk, dawn, or at night. The extra visibility of the reflective tape and fabric ensures additional safety. Hi-Vis trousers are perfect for those in construction, those who work on the railways, those who work at airports, and those building and repairing roads. Quality hi-vis clothing meets EN ISO 20471:2013 standard.

Examples of hi-vis trousers:

  • Portwest Hi-Vis Xenon Trousers

    • 65% Polyester, 35% Cotton
    • Elasticated side waist
    • Hammer Loop
    • Adjustable leg length
    • Triple stitched seams
    • EN ISO 20471 Class 1
  • Portwest Hi-Vis Traffic Trousers

    • Designed for rail and other industries
    • Side leg zips
    • Can be worn over trousers or jeans
    • 100% Polyester
    • PU coated
    • EN ISO 20471 Class 2
    • GO/RT 3279 Issue 8
    • EN 343 Class 3:1

  • Result Safeguard Hi-Vis Trousers

    • N471 specification, Class 1 approved
    • Conforms to 89/686/EEC directive
    • Outer: Polyester with PU coating
    • Waterproof, windproof
    • Taped seams
    • No outside leg seam
    • Elasticated waist with drawcord adjuster
    • 2 side access pockets and 1 back key pocket
    • 50mm sewn on tapes incorporating 3M™ Scotchlite™ reflective materials
    • 2 colour options
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Safety Trousers

General safety trousers usually have strong, durable fabrics and are used for general purpose working conditions. They are usually comfortable and provide warmth in winter and some cooling in summer, depending on the fabric weight. Lighter fabrics are best for summer, but not too light that they will not offer protection.

Some examples of safety trousers:

  • Regatta Hardwear Men's Holster Trousers

    • Hard-wearing polycotton fabric
    • Durazone overlays to wear zones
    • Multi-pocketed with holster pockets
    • 80% Polyester, 20% Cotton
    • 2 colour options
  • Action Trouser
    • Hardwearing Polycotton Work Garment
    • Flat Front Styling
    • Double Fabric Seat For Strength
    • 4 Slanted Front Pockets
    • 2 Side Zipped Pockets
    • Velcro Thigh Pocket
    • 2 Rear Zipped Pockets
    • Kneepad Pockets Bottom Landing
    • 2 colour options
  • Regatta Lined Action Trouser
    • Part elasticated waist
    • Knee patches
    • Belt loops
    • Multi-pocketed with concealed zips
    • 2 front large pockets with hem bellows
    • 2 back pockets, one zipped, one welt covering
    • Durable water repellent finish
    • Warm scrim lining
    • 2 colour options
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Waterproof Trousers

Waterproof trousers are often an additional item that can be worn over other work trousers to protect from the elements. Keeping dry is vital to productivity and warmth in inclement weather. Some hi-visibility trousers also offer waterproofing.


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